August 1 2014 Latest news:
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Child amputees in Liberia are set to benefit from the marathon efforts of Victoria Bacon and her sister Sarah Hope.
The wife of South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon and her twin have raised about £30,000 to help children in need after they completed the London Marathon in about five hours and 15 minutes.
About the London Marathon experience, Victoria said: “It was amazing, London was alive. It was hard but it was fantastic. “The amount of people there supporting you as you go along, shouting your name, it was incredible.
“It was tough but there was the most magical atmosphere, with lots of other people also feeling the same pain and the same determination. The amount of charities being supported was very moving.”
The twins founded Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope - which helps children missing limbs - in 2011 after Sarah’s daughter Pollyanna lost a limb when she was struck by a London bus. Sarah was also badly injured and the twins’ mother, Elizabeth, was killed in the incident.
The money the twins have raised from the marathon will enable the charity to work with Street Child to help children in Liberia.
Victoria said: “We are very excited about the amount of money we have raised. People have been very generous and we are just really looking forward to helping the children of Liberia.”