An inspirational Thurston husband and father will run the Vitality London 10k race in May for a charity which helps his family.
Paul Brooks is to run the event to help raise awareness and funds for the Lily Foundation.
The charity supports many families who suffer with Mitochondrial Disease, helping them with day to day living whilst raising awareness and continuing their research for a cure.
Wife Stephanie Brooks and her seven year old son Jake, both suffer from the disease and are thrilled with what Mr Brooks is doing, even if they are a little surprised.
Mrs Brooks said: “Words can’t express how proud we are of Paul.
“My husband is the last person in the world I would ever have thought would do this as he is not a natural runner, which makes it even more amazing.”
Mitochondrial Disease affects mitochondria which produces energy in all cells so they can function. The disease stops the mitochondria doing this so the cells are not very efficient or do not work at all.
The parts of the body most affected are those that have the highest energy demands; brain, muscle, liver, heart and kidney.
There is no cure for this progressive disease, which affects Mrs Brooks from standing for long periods.
The foundation helps her family immensely and Mrs Brooks has praised the charity for its help. She said: “The foundation supports us in so many ways, they have even organised a holiday to Center Parcs for us,which is brilliant.
“It is about making memories for us now as we don’t know what the future will bring and their help is so vital for us and for so many more sufferers.”
Mr Brooks is determined to complete the run and he is training hard.
His wife said: “He is going to the gym during the day, after his full time job he then comes home to cook and do jobs round the house that I can’t before he goes out running at night, he really is using all his time for this.”
Mr Brooks has raised more than £1,000 with the figure still rising.
The Vitality London 10k race takes place in London on May 29,
To donate, go to Paul’s Just Giving page:www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Paul-Brooks21