London Colney niece's marathon effort in aid of Parkinson's Disease

PUBLISHED: 11:00 03 December 2017 | UPDATED: 11:45 03 December 2017

David Hull with his niece Grace

David Hull with his niece Grace

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A London Colney woman surprised her uncle, who has Parkinson's Disease, by announcing her plans to run a marathon to raise money for the condition.

David Hull with his niece GraceDavid Hull with his niece Grace

Grace Hull, 21, who works in a coffee shop in St Albans, is in training to run the Brighton Marathon on April 15, 2018. The marathon coincides with Parkinson’s Awareness Week from April 10 to 16.

She was inspired to raise money for the condition after her uncle David, 69, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s six years ago, and signed up in April this year.

Grace, who has never run a marathon before, said: “I am currently in training. David and I go out together - he goes on his electric bike while I’m running alongside, and I also go running by myself.

“We are currently trying to organise quite a few things 
to do to raise money along the way, such as walks, coffee mornings, bike rides, barbecues and a golf day.

David Hull with his niece GraceDavid Hull with his niece Grace

“Some of them will be before the marathon and some will be a month or so after because we’ll need good weather for the barbecue and the golf day.”

Grace only told David about the marathon in October.

She said: “I did it as a surprise for David and I just told him and he got very emotional.”

A JustGiving page has been set up, and Grace has set a fundraising target of £5,000. So far she has already raised more than £300.

David Hull with his niece GraceDavid Hull with his niece Grace

She wrote on the page: “I have always felt as though I am David’s adopted daughter as he has always done so much for me! Driving me and the horse around, lending me his (luxury) caravan, and many a meal out!

“And now I would absolutely love to give something back by running this marathon to raise money for Parkinson’s UK. I feel it is very important to raise money for them to be able to continue their research into Parkinson’s Disease and hopefully one day find a cure so people do not have to go through the same struggles as David and many others.

“I would also like to raise awareness of Parkinson’s and the difficulties that people with the disease face.”

David, who also lives in London Colney, said: “It’s fantastic, all the time she’s going to give up.”

David Hull with his niece GraceDavid Hull with his niece Grace

To donate to the JustGiving page go to https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/GraceHull

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