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Mum's motor neurone battle inspires marathon walk by Bishop's Stortford College students

Two Bishop's Stortford College students will be tackling a marathon walk in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA).

Ellie Lewis and Emelia Mitchell's 26-mile trek from Ugley Green to Cambridge on Saturday March 20 is inspired by Ellie's mum Gilly, who was diagnosed in 2019 with the incurable and progressive condition which attacks the nerves controlling movement and leads to degeneration of the muscles.

The Maze Green Road senior school where both girls are upper sixth students has picked MNDA as its charity of the year.

Emelia and Ellie (44963246)
Emelia and Ellie (44963246)

The girls initially set a target of raising £2,640, a figure which reflects the marathon distance they will be walking, but they have generated over £9,000 and aim to bank £10,000 for the good cause.

Ellie said: "We want to show my mum love and support by completing this walk and showing her that there's always hope. Every penny we raise will make a difference to people with MND and their families."

As well as going out on socially distanced walks together to prepare for the marathon, the girls have been rallying support from their peers and members of staff in school assemblies whilst tackling mocks, studying for their final exams and considering their university options.

To add your support, see https://www.gofundme.com/f/emelia-and-ellies-marathon-for-mnd.

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