Brother's plight gives inspiration

PUBLISHED: 12:01 10 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:08 06 May 2010

Magnus Johnston will be running to raise money for the charity which cares foir his brother Rupert

Magnus Johnston will be running to raise money for the charity which cares foir his brother Rupert

IT WAS at a school reunion that Magnus Johnston came up with the idea of running this weekend s London Marathon to raise funds for the brain injury charity which has supported his brother. Rupert Johnston, aged 30, suffered severe brain damage in an horri

IT WAS at a school reunion that Magnus Johnston came up with the idea of running this weekend's London Marathon to raise funds for the brain injury charity which has supported his brother.

Rupert Johnston, aged 30, suffered severe brain damage in an horrific car accident 10 years ago and since then has been looked after in a care home in Aylesbury run by the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT), which is a division of The Disabilities Trust.

Rupert, along with thousands of others, benefits immeasurably from the charity's work in providing specialist brain injury rehabilitation which helps people to regain lost skills and independence.

When 28-year-old Magnus, a violinist from Harpenden, met up with three of his and Rupert's old friends from Cambridgeshire's Kings School, they decided to run the Flora London Marathon together to raise money for BIRT.

Another of Rupert's friends, Harry Judd from the band McFly, will also be running the marathon alongside them and half of the money he raises will go to BIRT and improving Rupert's care home.

To sponsor Magnus, along with friends Max Shepherd, Rob Greening and Tim Sharman, visit www.justgiving.com/thedisabilitiestrustmarathon

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