Taverham fundraiser James prepares for marathon challenge in aid of Alzheimer’s charity

James Wells from Thetford is running the London Marathon in aid of Alzheimer's Research UK. Via Jame

James Wells from Thetford is running the London Marathon in aid of Alzheimer's Research UK. Via James Wells - Credit: James Wells

A fundraising taking on the London Marathon in memory of his grandmother is appealing for help to reach his donations target.

James Wells will be running the marathon in April in aid of Alzheimer's Research UK, following his 94-year-old relative's death from the disease.

Now the 32-year-old, from Taverham, is asking for help to reach the minimum £2,200 fundraising target to take part in the race.

He said: 'My nan passed away a few years ago and suffered from Alzheimer's for around eight years. I wanted doing something for the charity to raise a bit of awareness and raise as much money as I can to help them find a cure.

'Family and friends are behind me, and my mum is being very supportive as it was her mum who died.

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'I would be gutted if I did not get the money together in time.'

With three months to go until the marathon on April 23, Mr Wells has raised around £300 towards the minimum donation target.

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It is not the his first foray into fundraising – he took on a cross-county trek with the Thetford 93 last year in aid of West Suffolk Hospital's My WiSH charity and ran the Bungay marathon a couple of years ago – although he says he will be much better prepared for his second long-distance run.

'I only gave myself 10 weeks training for that and I found it quite tough. My fiancée Nikki has been ribbing me about all the pain I went through last time, to get me out training more.

'I started training for the London Marathon just before Christmas. I'm following a 19 week plan with Virgin Marathon.'

To donate, go to Mr Well's online fundraising page.

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