Inspiration comes in many forms and for Harry, it comes from his seven-year-old cousin, Mia. 

When Mia was born, she suffered a serious brain injury, which lead to her being diagnosed with cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Because of this, Mia cannot walk and is non-verbal. Harry shares: "She doesn’t let this affect her - she is the happiest soul I know and I couldn’t be prouder of her. She was my little fighter and now she’s my biggest inspiration in day to day life."

In October, Harry will be joining Demelza's team of runners on the start line of the world-famous London Marathon. He'll be running for Mia and all the children just like Mia who rely on Demelza's care and support.

Mia, sitting on her mum's lap, with her dad, on holiday.

How Demelza has supported Mia's family

Harry explains: "Demelza did so much for Mia when she was younger; helping her with therapy and interacting with other families who face problems too. Demelza gave respite to Mia's mum, Liz, and dad, Matt, and as a family couldn’t be more grateful for the help Demelza offered Mia."

London Marathon 2022: Charity places

 

We are thrilled to be able to offer our charity places to runners who share a passion for our cause. With the support of our fundraising team, each runner is tasked with raising £2,000 - and Harry is well on his way, having raised over £1,500 already, with the support of friends and family.

Harry tells us: "My friends and family were hugely overwhelmed and happy with me taking on such a great challenge, especially for such a wonderful cause. My fundraising is going tremendously and I feel I can go even further than our original £2,000 target! I am organising a Funday at our local pub which is going to be a lovely occasion."

He continues: "This is my first marathon and I hope it won't be my last. It has always been a goal of mine to run it and I’m just extremely grateful to everyone at Demelza for making me part of your team.

"I am hoping to have a very large crowd following me around the course on the day; family and friends - and I’m really excited to be running it for so many people close to my heart."

We wish Harry and all of our runners the very best with their marathon preparations and look forward to cheering them all on as they take on the greatest marathon in the world, this October.

Ballot entry to the London Marathon

If you are successful in the ballot on 14 March and you would like to join #TeamDemelza we would be happy to support you with your fundraising. We can provide you with a Demelza running vest too, to help you stand out from the crowd!