Marathon run for Reecie’s Superstar fund

Michelle is running in the memory of eight-year-old Reece Nelson
Michelle is running in the memory of eight-year-old Reece Nelson

A first time London Marathon runner has set her sights on a £4,000 target for The Reecie Nelson Superstar Fund.

Michelle Daglish, 36, of Sundon Park, was inspired by her friend Steve Nelson, who ran last year’s London Marathon in memory of his eight-year-old son Reece, who died of a brain tumour in 2012.

She said: “It was so inspiring and the atmosphere was amazing, so I entered and waited to hear if I was lucky enough to get a place.

“On what would have been Reece’s 11th birthday, I received a call from The Brain Tumour Charity to say I had got one of their gold charity places which was a truly emotional moment as it felt like it was a gift from Reece himself.”

Michelle has never done any running before, she started her training in October and feels ready for the challenge she faces on Sunday, April 26.

She told the Luton News: “It is going to be very tough. But it is nothing compared to the bravery Reece showed whilst going through treatment.”

The Reecie Nelson Superstar Fund was set up in 2012 by his family to continue his memory and support The Brain Tumour Charity.

Michelle began her fundraising with a trip to Sainsbury’s, Bramingham Park, to help customers pack their shopping.

She said: “We pulled on our t-shirts and shook our buckets, people were so kind and generous. It was a great day and we raised £1,087.

“The owner of Beau Belles Beauty donated the money raised from her annual Easter raffle to me.

“I want to say a huge thank you to all the support I have received as this is something very close to my heart and every penny raised will make a huge difference to an underfunded charity.

“All money raised will be going to The Reecie Nelson Superstar Fund, as part of The Brain Tumour Charity.”

She has raised £3,616 so far. To help her reach her target, visit: www.virginmoneygiving.com/michelledaglish