MPs step up to take on marathon

Crewe Chronicle: Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson is running the London Marathon again to help raise money for the Army Benevolent Fund and Muscular Dystrophy UK.

Over the past few months Mr Timpson has combined work in Crewe, Nantwich and Westminster with training for the marathon, set to be the 12th he has completed since starting in 1988.

This year Edward is running the marathon with fellow Cheshire MP Graham Evans, who represents Weaver Vale.

The Army Benevolent Fund gives a lifetime of support to soldiers and veterans from the British Army, and their immediate families, when they are in need.  It makes grants to individuals through their regiments and corps, and supports a wide range of specialist charities that sustain the British Army ‘family’, both at home and around the world.

Muscular Dystrophy UK brings individuals, families and professionals together to beat more than 60 rare progressive muscle-weakening and wasting conditions, affecting around 70,000 children and adults in the UK. It supports high quality research to find effective treatments and cures, and provides a range of services and resources to help people live as independently as possible.

Mr Timpson said: “Graham and I have seen the great work that these charities are doing, and so running the marathon is a fantastic way for us to help them. We’re grateful for every donation we receive, because even a small amount can make a real difference in the voluntary sector.”