Mum to run London Marathon for ‘life saver’ charity for daughter with cancer

Martha Moynihan with her mum Emily Ball

A MUM of three will be taking on the London Marathon this year for her daughter with cancer.

Emily Ball from Eastleigh will be lacing up her trainers on October 2 to raise funds for Rainbow Trust Children’s charity.

She has been supported by the charity since her four-year-old daughter Martha Moynihan was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia last November.

Now she hopes to return the favour by raising £5,000.

‘A strong start’

The 40-year-old said: “I decided to take on this running challenge to help Rainbow Trust continue helping families like mine with a seriously ill child.

Daily Echo: Martha Moynihan with her mum Emily Ball

Daily Echo: Martha Moynihan with her mum Emily Ball

Martha Moynihan with her mum Emily Ball

“I don’t think I could get through this situation without its help.

“I want to give back as I don’t think I could function without their help.

“It’s the little things and the small windows of time they give me that are important. They are the things you lose out on when you are looking after a seriously ill child.

Emily, who owns Active Step Foot and Ankle Clinic in Whiteley, added: “I’d be very grateful for any support people can give in sponsoring me to run the London Marathon.

“I’d love to hit my ambitious target of £5,000. I raised £1,000 in three days so we’ve had a strong start.”

‘It’s challenging’

Emily has two other children Clara, six, and Charlie, 17, and has relied on support from Rainbow Trust to help with the pressures of looking after Martha on top of their busy family life.

Her family support worker, Cindy Steele-Jones, helps her with school collections and getting Martha’s sister to dance lessons.

Cindy also provides emotional support to the family and offers respite so that Emily can attend personal appointments.

Emily will be running with her partner Paul Kinkaid and her friend and colleague Alice Forward.

However, training for the marathon is no mean feat.

Emily said: “It’s challenging as we are having to go out running when we don’t want to, such as during the heat of the day, which is really hard work.

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“It all depends on Martha. We don’t get to choose when we run and it’s really hard.

“But my 17-year-old son babysits and my partner Paul takes turns with me to train.”

Emily will be one of 68 runners in the Rainbow Trust London Marathon team, raising money and awareness for the charity.

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