A Kirkby-born solicitor will run this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon to boost funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK. Kevin James signed up for the 26.2-mile race across the capital on 26 April in memory of his mother, Mary, who died with Alzheimer’s disease in 2002. The 55 year old hopes to raise at least £2,000 for the UK’s leading dementia research charity.
Kevin, a partner for Royds LLP in London, lived in Kirkby until he was seven, before moving with his eight brothers and sisters into a property in Anfield. He lived on Merseyside until he started studying law at the University of Sheffield.
The former pupil of St Cecilia’s Catholic Junior School in Tuebrook and Cardinal Godfrey High School in Everton said:
“My mother was a mother-of-nine and a grandmother-of-nineteen. Sadly, this once proud and intelligent woman was unable to comprehend what was happening to her and in the later stages of her illness was unable to recognise her once-loved family members. It’s an honour to have been chosen to run for Alzheimer’s Research UK – it’s a charity and a cause close to my heart – and my mother will be in my thoughts on the day.”
Kevin is a keen runner and a regular at his local parkrun – organisers of free, weekly, 5k timed runs nationwide. Alzheimer’s Research UK is parkrun’s first official charity partner. Announced earlier this month, the three-year partnership aims to promote exercise as a way of reducing the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, increase public understanding of the condition and boost funds for crucial research.
Kevin will be running this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon as a member of #TeamARUKparkrun – a group of parkrunners who have signed up to events to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
“The great thing about parkrun is that once you’re registered, you can run in any parkrun anywhere in the world. I travel a lot with work so I often find myself running in a parkrun wherever I am at the time. It’s a fantastic thing to be part of.”
Jodie Vaughan, Community Fundraising Manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:
“We couldn’t be more grateful to Kevin for taking on this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon for Alzheimer’s Research UK and we wish him every success on the day. Last year alone, our fantastic Virgin Money London Marathon runners raised an incredible £111,600 towards pioneering dementia research, bringing us closer to finding ways to diagnose, prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
“There are around 850,000 people across the UK living with dementia today, including almost 15,000 people on Merseyside. Dementia poses one of the greatest threats to public health now and in the future. Research is the only answer but funding still lags far behind other serious diseases. We rely on wonderful supporters like Kevin to fund our world-class research.”
To sponsor Kevin, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/kevinjames4. For further information about Alzheimer’s Research UK or the charity’s partnership with parkrun and how to get involved, visit www.alzheimersresearchuk.org or call 0300 111 5555. Details of local parkruns can be found at www.parkrun.org.uk
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