Tom Brown, a Leeds-based chartered surveyor at national property consultancy Carter Jonas, has completed the Manchester Marathon to raise funds for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), a Parkinson’s-like neurological condition.
Tom was inspired to take part in the marathon by his girlfriend Danielle’s grandma, who was diagnosed with the condition six years ago.
Tom said: “Kathleen was diagnosed with PSP in 2010. Over time the condition can lead to difficulties with balance, movement, vision, speech and swallowing. Like many chronic conditions there is currently no cure but the PSP Association (PSPA) has been brilliant at supporting Kathleen to help her achieve the best quality of life.
“Despite developing really bad cramp at 18 miles which rather slowed me up, I managed to get around the course in 5 hours 29 minutes – not bad to say I had never run more than 5km before I started my training.
“This is my way of giving something back to the PSPA as a thank you for all the help they have given Kathleen and, I hope, a small contribution to their research into treatments and ultimately a cure for this horrible condition.“
Through his Just Giving page and fundraising at his local golf club, Tom has raised around £200 for the charity so far. Donations are still very welcome. To donate go to https://www.justgiving.com/Tom-Brown21