London ball

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

Martha Moynihan with her mother Emily Ball

A mum-of-three will run the London Marathon this year for her cancer-stricken daughter.

Emily Ball from Eastleigh will be putting on her sneakers on October 2 to raise money for the 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 leukemia last November.

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

“A good start”

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

Daily Echo: Martha Moynihan with her mother Emily Ball

Daily Echo: Martha Moynihan with her mother Emily Ball

Martha Moynihan with her mother Emily Ball

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

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

“It’s the little things and the little windows of time they give me that are important. These are the things you lose when caring for a critically ill child.

Emily, owner of the Active Step Foot and Ankle Clinic in Whiteley, added: “I would really appreciate any support people can give by sponsoring me to run the London Marathon.

“I would like to reach my ambitious goal of £5,000. I raised £1000 in three days so we’re off to a good start.

“It’s difficult”

Emily has two other children, Clara, six, and Charlie, 17, and has relied on the support of Rainbow Trust to help them deal with the pressure of caring for Martha on top of their busy family life .

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

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

Emily will run with partner Paul Kinkaid and friend and colleague Alice Forward.

However, training for the marathon is no small feat.

Emily said: “It’s hard because we have to go out for a run when we don’t want to, like in the heat of the day, which is really hard work.

“It all depends on Martha. We can’t choose when we race and it’s really difficult.

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

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

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