Bolton-by-Bowland mum to run London Marathon

Helen Hoyle with her daughter, Evie.
Helen Hoyle with her daughter, Evie.

A MOTHER-OF-THREE is to pound the streets of the capital next weekend in aid of a worthwhile cause.

Helen Hoyle, who lives in Bolton-by-Bowland with her husband, Dave, and three children, Evie (six), Fearne (four) and one-year-old Jonty, is to run the London Marathon to repay the charity that has helped her daughter.

When Evie was five she was diagnosed with an eye condition called keratoconus – a degenerative disorder in which the structural changes within the cornea causes it to thin.

The condition is usually detected in early adulthood, so Evie is a very rare case being so young. Evie now has to wear glasses all the time and is being closely monitored by doctors at Burnley General Hospital.

Helen, who works as a teaching assistant at Chatburn Primary School, said: “I decided to run the marathon for the National Blind Children’s Society to raise awareness of children with visual problems. The charity has helped us a lot in terms of advice and guidance.

“Training for the marathon is going really well and I am running 40 miles a week. I hope to finish the race in good time.

“Up to date I have raised £1,680. This has been collected by sponsorship from family and friends and at the end of March we held a ‘Bangers and Cash Night’ in our local village hall.

“The night was a huge success and we are really grateful to all the local businesses who donated some wonderful raffle prizes. I am also extremely grateful to AC Entertainment for providing such a great disco.

“Evie’s dad had his legs waxed during the evening, providing much entertainment. The whole evening raised £870. All the children have enjoyed helping raise the money and even sold cakes at the end of the drive to help.”

l Anyone wishing to sponsor Helen can do so by logging onto her just giving page at www.virginmoneygiving.com/HelenHoyle