Marathon run inspired by wife’s battle with arthritis

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A Maulden man will put on his running shoes and take on the London Marathon next week, inspired to take part by his wife’s battle with arthritis.

Martyn Pollard is aiming to raise £2000 to help Arthritis Research fund world-class study into the condition.

“My wife is disabled through arthritis that started at the age of 38. I have seen her in such pain on her bad days, unable to get out of bed or dress herself,” he said.

“Her condition continues to get worse and none of the treatment options so far have made any difference.

“It is heart-breaking to see her in pain.”

Martyn works as a paramedic with the East of England ambulance service and sees the effects of arthritis on a daily basis in his role.

“We must fight arthritis, the biggest cause of pain and disability in the country, and that is why I’m running the London marathon to raise vital funds to support the research and help take away the pain caused by this dreadful condition.”

Cheering him along the route on the day will be Martyn’s wife, Lisa.

“I’m really proud of my husband for running the London Marathon. I’m sure it will be an emotional day and I will be on route to cheer him on!”

Dr Liam O’Toole is the Chief Executive Officer for the charity.

“We are committed to helping those 10 million people with arthritis so that they can say that they are in control, independent and recognised,” he said.

“However, we wouldn’t be able to change the lives of those with this painful and debilitating condition without the unwavering support of our fundraisers.”

“All proceeds raised by the runners will go towards the funding of the charity’s pioneering research and together we’ll be one step closer to finding a cure and ending the pain of arthritis,” he added.

If you would like to help Martyn reach his fundraising target, visit Martyn’s Virgin Money Giving Page