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Rich and Bev

We are raising £4,000 for the Epilepsy society for Epilepsy Society because Richard has Epilepsy

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  • Team members: Rich, Bev and Elaine
  • Event: London Marathon 2019, 28 Apr 2019

Epilepsy Society London marathon Team Purple 2019

Welcome to our London marathon team page!

Charity Registration No. 206186

Story

Latest update with only hours left until the London Marathon so much to tell. Richard has completed the Brighton marathon, only a week after the Manchester Marathon, I am a very proud mum! He has taken the last ten days to let his legs recover with a couple of massages to aid the recovery. Richard is well on target for his three marathons in a month, where he has wanted to bring awareness about the effect of epilepsy on the lives of both sufferers and family. 

The Manchester marathon was a great day with Elaine joining our team and we had some great laughs and wow it was very emotional at the end, did not expect that at all! Thank you to all of Elaine’s friends, family and colleagues who donated.

We would like to thank all the friends, family and colleagues who have donated, still time to donate of course.

Newsflash!!!!! To ensure we raise more money for this fantastic Society – Elaine has joined the team for the Manchester Marathon – Go Elaine! – As Richard’s girlfriend, she is a superb addition to the team, power to the people. Elaine has been busy training over the last few months and being a fantastic support to Rich with his training and managing his epilepsy tiredness that comes from one of the many side effects of the drugs he is on.

Rich and Bev are raising money for The Epilepsy Society.
 After a number of races over the year they will culminate in 
running 3 marathons; the London, Manchester and Brighton Marathon in 2019,
 with a target of raising £4,000

They have chosen The Epilepsy Society as Richard has epilepsy which impacts his life on a daily basis.

Some of you will know Rich as a Project Manager working for KBR, London. To his family, he is a loving grandson, son and brother, to his
 friends, he is great mate with whom he shares a love of music festivals and cycling as well as of course running becoming a new love!

In October 2012 Rich had a seizure on his way to work which hospitalised him due to the length of the seizure. Over the next three years, no drugs were able to control the number of seizures that Richard had.

Not a moment was lost in self-pity or despair. Not even through the chronic fatigue and memory loss caused by the seizures and drugs impacted all areas of his life. Richard and his mum began to research his options for leading a life of which he was in control. Richard did not want to allow fear to form the basis of his decision on how he would lead his life and working alongside his specialist they do now have the seizures under control whilst talking over 2,000 mg of drugs a day. Since 2012 Richard has raised money for The Epilepsy Society by cycling to various areas of Europe. Richard chose The Epilepsy Society as they have a full programme of medical research and a helpline which was invaluable in those early days of fear.

It has been a roller coaster of emotions for all of us and at times we did not think we would get there. Richard is working hard on his fitness,
alongside enjoying life with his friends and family and enjoying building his career. Understanding how epilepsy affects a sufferers life is so important and Richard's company have been keen to work with Richard on educating colleagues on this disability which in the past was so rarely spoken about.

Rich and his Mum (Bev) are now limbering up to run the Manchester Marathon, 7th April 2019, Brighton Marathon, 14th April 2019 and London Marathon on Sunday, April 28th 2019. Please help us raise money to allow the research to continue to develop and that every useful helpline keeps functioning.

March 2019 and only four weeks until our first marathon. Unfortunately Rich had a seizure a couple of weeks ago and this was very hard to
 come to terms with as he had not had a seizure for nearly two years. However, showing his resilience he has picked himself up (literally after injuring his knee in the seizure) and has now been able to start his training. 

So proud of how Rich has the strength of mind to power through - I will remind him of his strength at about mile 20 in the marathon!


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