A STUDENT will run a half marathon in order to save the charity set up in memory of her sister.
Luisa Walsh, 21, from Thorpe-by-Water is taking part in the Cardiff half-marathon on October 16 to raise money for the Downs Heart Group which was set up in memory of her sister Katy.
Katy died from a heart condition linked to her Downs syndrome aged two-and-a-half in November 1987.
Shortly afterwards, the girls’ mother Linda set up the group to help families affected in a similar way.
Luisa had initially planned to raise £500 by doing the half-marathon, but has already raised £2,760.
Luisa said: “The charity has recently been going through some major troubles financially and has been lacking funds to simply keep going, so the money raised is going to help keep open the hotline for families to ring for support and go towards producing regular newsletters, website updates and support meetings.
“I am genuinely surprised at the support I have received. I got to my target within three days and it has just kept increasing from there.”
The former Uppingham Community College pupil is studying English language and literature at Cardiff University and is working at Relish sandwich shop in Melton Road, Oakham, during the holidays. She has been training for the marathon by running around Rutland Water and Oakham.
Katy was a pupil at The Parks School in Oakham before she died and people in the community who knew her have also been very supportive. To sponsor Luisa visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com and search for Luisa Walsh.