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London Marathon 2019: Andrea Jones

8th April 2019

‘I’m inspired to run after hearing details of a friend’s child’s brain tumour treatment at St George’s – it made me see there are so many heart-wrenching stories involving children being treated there’.

On 28 April 2019, Andrea Jones, will be running the Virgin London Marathon to raise money for St George’s Hospital Charity. Along with our other runners on #teamgeorges she will be taking on the challenge of running 26.2 miles to raise money for the Paediatric Neurology Department and the Children’s Departments at St George’s Hospital, following the successful treatment of her friend’s son Miles.

Whilst briefly living in the San Francisco Bay area of California with her husband 20 years ago, Andrea discovered her love of running – and it has continued to play a significant role in her life ever since. Andrea has continued to run whenever she can; and also play tennis as a member of her local tennis club.

Last year, Andrea learned that 16-year-old Miles was being treated by St George’s Hospital for a brain tumour. He underwent 7.5 hours of emergency lifesaving surgery, and then near-constant treatment throughout the following year to save his life. It was during this time in hospital that Miles’ family built strong relationships with the staff that helped in Miles’ recovery and also began their own fundraising journey – turning their trauma into immense passion and dedication, raising incredible amounts for the hospital and the Paediatric Neurology Department.

Miles is now on the road to recovery, and this year he has rung his end-of-treatment bell!

Andrea has felt so inspired by Miles’ journey that she decided to use this opportunity to raise money for the Paediatric Neurology Department, applying for a marathon place on #teamgeorges and dedicating her time and efforts to training and running the marathon. Andrea has used her Virgin Money Giving fundraising page fantastically, receiving generous donations from her friends and family. She also organised a hugely successfully fundraising tennis tournament at her local club, all in aid of St George’s Hospital Charity!

Andrea said; ‘I have two children of my own, who have thankfully made it to adulthood without the need for medical treatment. When I read the stories of the children in the care of St George’s, I consider myself to be very fortunate.’

Having taken part in the London Marathon previously, Andrea knows exactly how it feels to run the full 26.2 miles and is excited to get going again!

Look out for her with the rest of our team on the course in their bright pink vests, running for #teamgeorges! 

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/andreajones

 

 

 

 

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