Lauren Linares and her mum Jackie are pledging to run the Royal Parks Half Marathon in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, to raise funds and awareness of the disease, which affects sufferers’ central nervous systems. Raising funds through Just Giving, the two explain that they are hoping to ‘add [their] small drop into this sea of support and move research one small step closer to being able to prevent or cure MS once and for all.’

Lauren explains that her auntie was diagnosed with the unpredictable and often disabling disease thirty years ago. She adds, ‘she is now completely reliant on others for all aspects of her life. We are aware that every story is different, but that at its worst; this disease can protrude into every aspect of not only the victim’s life but also that of their family. Nobody should have to watch their loved one suffer the pain and degradation of this disease; to gradually deteriorate and become dependant on the help of others for every basic need; to possibly have their quality of life slowly but surely reduced to an almost meaningless existence. The MS society funds research to combat this disease, it provides both practical and emotional support for families and sufferers.’

The two aim to raise £400 by the date of the marathon in October. The run kicks off in London’s Hyde Park, following a 13.1- mile route through Central London ‘taking in the spectacular sites of the capital and the beautiful Royal Parks’. 16,000 runners carry out the feat, which takes them through four of London’s Royal Parks.

Lauren first ran the half marathon in 2014, and is delighted to be joined by her mother this year.

Donations can be made online via Lauren’s Just Giving page at fundraising/Lauren-Linares