AN AMATEUR runner from Hillmorton has raised more than £1,000 in honour of a little girl who has a rare form of liver disease.
John Rourke, 55, took part in the Bupa Great South Run in Portsmouth on behalf of the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF).
He was running in aid of his goddaughter Eleanor Brinkley, two, who suffers from an incurable form of liver disease which will most likely result in her needing a liver transplant within the next few years.
Over 24,000 runners took to the drizzly Southsea streets and John crossed the finish line after two hours and two minutes. His efforts were featured on the front page of last week’s Advertiser.
John, of Fellows Way, said: “It was a wonderful atmosphere and great to have so many other runners and a big crowd to spur me on.
”I was really hoping to complete the race in under two hours but the last few miles were really hard.
“The pain was worth it knowing the support I have had in raising so much in aid of Eleanor.”
John was supported at the race by his wife Jane and two sons Andrew, 27 and Steven, 24.
Eleanor’s mum, Claire Brinkley, who lives in Rugby, said that the charity has been a lifeline for her and her family since Eleanor’s diagnosis and praised John’s fundraising efforts.
She said: “John is always there when we need him.
“His amazing fundraising effort for the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation is just another example of how supportive he has been of Eleanor and her condition. Doing this charity run reminds us that he and his family care and that means a lot.”
Before his race, John received support from friends, family and colleagues along with words of encouragement from Mark Pawsey MP who wished John luck in his fundraising efforts for CLDF for what he described as ‘an extremely worthy charity’.
To support John and find out more about the condition and CLDF, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JohnRourke