A Warrington woman took on the challenge of a lifetime on Sunday running the virtual London Marathon in memory of her dad to raise money for the national disability charity, Sense, which supports children and adults with complex disabilities, including those who are deafblind.
Michelle Brown-Crowther was inspired to run the London Marathon in memory of her late father who was registered as blind. He supported Sense throughout his life and passed away in April, so for Michelle it was important to take on the challenge in honour of him raising money for Sense. This was Michelle’s first London Marathon and first time running in aid of Sense. Her three daughters and grandson were cheering her on to help her get to the finish line.
Michelle said: “I started my marathon from the Liverbird building next to the River Mersey which is where we spread some of my Dad’s ashes then finished at St Helens crematorium which is where he also is.
“ My family were waiting for me at the crematorium, they had made me a finish line to cross, also had a balloon and a Lucozade which was needed. I am feeling very grateful for all of them and for all the support I’ve received. “It has been an honour to run for Sense and my Dad.“
Richard Kramer, Chief Executive at Sense, said: “We are so grateful and thrilled that Michelle has chosen to support Sense by taking on the incredible challenge of running the virtual London Marathon. During these challenging times, we need virtual support from you more than ever.
“It’s thanks to people like Michelle that Sense is able to support people with complex disabilities, including those who are deafblind, to communicate and experience the world.”
The virtual 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon took place on Sunday 4 October. For the first time ever, participants were able to run, walk or jog the 26.2 miles in their local area – making the event the most inclusive London Marathon ever.
To sponsor Michelle, go to https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MichelleBrownCrowther For more information about Sense please visit www.sense.org.uk