Fundraising run to thank city charity

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A woman whose niece was born with a rare bowel disorder has signed up to the London Marathon to thank a Sheffield charity that supported her family during the girl’s treatment.

Vanessa Wright, aged 32, will be taking on the 26.2 miles in an attempt to raise thousands of pounds for The Sick Children’s Trust, which gave her sister-in-law Danielle and her partner, Alex, free accommodation when their daughter was ill in Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Isabelle, now eight months old, was born with a condition known as an echogenic bowel. The newborn required an emergency operation to remove 75 per cent of her bowel and was transferred 25 miles away from the family’s home town of Doncaster for specialist treatment.

During this time, The Sick Children’s Trust provided free accommodation to her parents, giving them direct access to the ward. Isabelle is now out of hospital and doing well.

Vanessa, who is a doctor, has been preparing for the London Marathon by taking part in the Great North Run, the Leeds Half Marathon and the Edinburgh Marathon.

She said: “My entire family owe a huge debt of gratitude to The Sick Children’s Trust for their support. Words can’t describe the pain of having a sick baby, and I can’t begin to imagine how parents like Danielle and Alex must feel.”

Ann Wyatt, The Sick Children’s Trust’s Treetop and Magnolia house manager, based in Sheffield, said: “We are already so proud of Vanessa for all her training and fundraising so far. She has surpassed her fundraising target of £2,000 and is now steaming ahead to achieve the next milestone of £5,000.”

Vanessa, from Selby, added: “When I turned 30 I decided it was time to put my words into actions, and here I am two years later taking on the London Marathon for a truly wonderful cause.”

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