FRIENDS Georgina Turpin, 22, and Milly Rush, 19, will be pounding the streets next month as they aim to give their mothers a bit of a run for their money in the charity fund-raising stakes.
Mums Suzie Rush and Debs Turpin showed the way when they raised £40,000 for St Nicholas Hospice Care, in Bury St Edmunds, in 2008 by travelling 874 miles from John o’Groats to Land’s End on quad bikes.
Their two pink ladies challenge was a particular feat of endurance for Suzie, from Bradfield St George, who earlier that year had been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease and was helped by hospice supporters to keep up the gruelling eight hours a day timetable needed to complete the journey in time.
They were also supported all the way by husbands Keith Turpin and Mark Rush.
The anguish was further heightened when shortly after completing the journey she was told of the death of her sister Rosie, who was also suffering from Motor Neurone Disease.
Now Georgina and Milly, will attempt the 13.1-mile Bupa Great North Run on Sunday, September 18.
“We thought if our mothers could do what they did we ought to make our own effort and raise money for Motor Neurone Disease,” said Georgina, 21, who lives near Clare.
“It is quite scary really.
“Neither of us are very sporty,” she added as she contemplated the late training that will have to be put in before the duo join the many thousands who will be tackling the course, which takes runners and walkers from Gateshead to South Shields.
The duo have set themselves a target of raising £1,000 for Motor Neurone Disease research and have so far brought in £300 from supporters.
Now they are appealing for others to make donations to help them reach their goal.
If you wish to sponsor them, visit the website www.justgiving.com/millyandgeorge.
Motor Neurone Disease is described as a group of rare diseases which affect nerve cells in the brain and then muscles in the body. About three in 100,000 people are affected by it.