|East Putney Woman Plans Half Marathon|
Raising over £1500 for the MS Society in mum's memory
A 28-year-old from East Putney has so far raised more than £1,500 for the MS Society, ahead of doing the Royal Parks half marathon in October. Bella Heesom is taking on the run in memory of her mum, who lived with multiple sclerosis (MS) for 24 years. Yasmin Heesom was only 51 when she died in December 2012.
Bella, who’s an actor, is doing the Royal Parks in London on Sunday 6 October. She says she partly wanted to do it to keep fit but it’s mainly about her mum and fundraising:
Bella initially set herself a target of raising £500 but upped it to £1,000 when she quickly reached that total. She’s just increased it again to £2,000.
The 28-year-old says her mum was an inspiration:
Bella says her mum initially had to rely on a walking stick when her muscles stiffened. She then had to use a wheelchair for long distances when walking became too tiring. Eventually, she was unable to stand up at all and when her arms seized up she couldn't wash or feed herself. But Bella says she didn’t let her MS get on top of her:
The MS Society is the leading UK charity for the 100,000 people living with multiple sclerosis. Most people are diagnosed in their 20s and 30s. They’re fighting to improve treatment and care to help people with MS take control of their lives. And with generous support from their donors and fundraisers, they ’re funding research to help beat MS for good.