Son-in-law’s marathon effort

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WHEN Rob Lawson ties the laces of his running shoes on April 17, he will be raising money for a charity close to his family.

He will be taking part in his first London Marathon to raise money for a charity dedicated at supporting the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients suffering from a wide range of neurological conditions including epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, strokes, brain tumours, Parkinson’s Disease and head injuries.

His father-in-law is former headteacher of Westgate Primary School in Bury St Edmunds, Brian Cash, who has a rare neurodegenerative disease called Pick’s Disease.

Rob, who is married to Brian’s daughter Nikki, will be raising money for the National Hospital Development Foundation (NHFD) – Brian’s son Adam ran for the same charity three years ago and has been helping Rob with his training.

Despite his illness Brian has set up a website – – which includes a link for people wishing to sponsor Rob. For more about the NHFD visit