Marie laces up her boots for Marathon fundraiser

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A Derbyshire woman, whose partner has epilepsy, is preparing to lace up her running shoes to complete this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon.

Marie Mann will take on the challenging 26.2 mile run on Sunday 13 April to raise vital funds for national charity Epilepsy Action. The charity provides advice and support to the 600,000 people with epilepsy in the UK.

Marie is taking part for Epilepsy Action because her partner, Paul, (31), has recently been diagnosed with epilepsy. Marie and Paul have two daughters, aged two and four, who have witnessed their dad’s condition first hand.

Marie, 29, said: “When Paul was diagnosed with epilepsy, it had a huge impact on us all. Epilepsy Action were an excellent source of advice, information and support.

My main reason for running for Epilepsy Action is to raise awareness about epilepsy.

“I enjoy the freedom that running offers, and am loving training for the marathon.

“Running has become a family affair as our four year old daughter now trains with me every Saturday morning. I have never run a marathon before but I’m sure that running in my Epilepsy Action vest will keep me motivated, I feel proud to wear it.”

Marie hopes to raise over £1500 for Epilepsy Action.

The money she raises will help to support Epilepsy Action’s work all over the UK. The charity campaigns to improve epilepsy services and raise awareness of epilepsy. It also provides a national network of support groups, funds a specialist nurse scheme, holds regular regional events and has a freephone and email helpline.

For more information about epilepsy or taking part in fundraising events for Epilepsy Action, visit

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