Runners raise more than £3,00 for dementia charity

IT was a family affair for runners who raised more than £3,000 for top South Yorkshire dementia charity Lost Chord in the Vitality Big Half Marathon.

For among the competitors in the London sporting challenge were Julian Muller, the son of Lost Chord Chief Executive Helena Muller, and his fiancee Alicia Ejsmund Frey.

And they were joined on the starting line by another family group made up of Lost Chord soprano Joanne McGahon, her husband Martin and son Oliver, along with Matthew Langstone, Julian Ryland, Catherine Havanagh, Tim and Celeste Tilly and Mickie Higham.

And between them the runners managed to raise more than £3,000 for the charity that provides vital interactive musical sessions for people living with dementia in care homes and days centres both across the region and nationally.

“It was a very cold rainy and windy day so we were all grateful that they turned up so enthusiastically,” said Helena, who was joined by husband Franz to cheer the runners on.

“It was lovely to see Julian and Alicia running and raising more than £1,000 between them, while the McGahons did fantastically well too and really gave the event everything they had.

Along with Mickie, they all gave so much and the money they raised really will make a massive difference to the lives of so many people living with dementia who find that music is a wonderful form of stimulation and release at this difficult time of their life.”

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