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Mandy’s marathons inspired by young Charlie
A mental health worker at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) has run seven marathons in seven days to raise money for charity, inspired by a young boy with mitochondrial disease.

Mandy Harley works as a Clinical Support Worker in NSFT’s Dementia Intensive Support Team at Woodlands in Ipswich and ran the seven marathons for The Lily Foundation after being moved by the courage of four-year-old Charlie.

She came second overall in the ladies’ section after completing the week-long ‘Week At the Knees’ event at Willan Lake, Caldecotte Lake and Furzton Lake at Milton Keynes, so far raising nearly £600 through her JustGiving page, with an estimated £150 collection still to add to the total. Her times ranged from just under 4hrs 36mins to just over 5hrs.

Mandy, 49, from Ipswich, who has completed more than 100 marathons since 2011, said: “Charlie is such an inspiration. He greets everyone with a great big, beaming smile and has such a love of life.

“So, running for The Lily Foundation, which helps children like Charlie, was the obvious choice.

“I’m so pleased with how much we’ve raised and so grateful to everyone who has helped – I really couldn’t have done it without the support of my family, friends and colleagues.”

Charlie’s Dad said: “We were over the moon when Mandy offered to run not just one marathon, but seven!

“We are so grateful to her and all the people who have supported us. The money raised for The Lily Foundation will go a long way to helping people affected by the condition.”

The Lily Foundation funds research into mitochondrial disease and other metabolic disorders. It also raises awareness and supports families.

To support Mandy’s marathon effort, visit her JustGiving page here.

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