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Amy Sammut completes charity run
A YOUNG woman successfully took on a 35-mile charity run after just six weeks of training.
Amy Sammut, 21, was inspired to run the route between her home in Falkland Road, Popley, Basingstoke, to Southampton General Hospital by her six-year-old cousin Ellen Hicks.
As previously reported in The Gazette, the youngster suffers from Nephrotic Syndrome – a rare condition which damages the kidneys and needs to be constantly managed with medication.
Amy, who ran the route with her friend Stevie Parker, 21, from Andover, has so far raised £1,384 through completing the challenge and will donate the money to charity Nephrotic Syndrome Trust, NeST, which conducts research into the condition.
She said: “I thought we did well considering we only had a few weeks of training. We ran 26 miles and walked and jogged the final nine miles.”
The pair managed to complete the run in just under 10 hours. They were greeted at Southampton General Hospital, where Ellen receives much of her treatment, by the youngster and her parents Zoe and Ryan, of Tasmania Close, Popley.
Amy said: “It was quite emotional for everyone. Ellen met us close to the hospital and crossed the finish line with us, and there were hospital staff who know Ellen waiting for us too.
“All of the family got involved with helping us out, and I’d just like to say thanks to everyone who has helped us along the way.
“We’ve had loads of people making donations and have gone far past our original target of £1,000, which is brilliant.
“As well as money coming in from family and friends, we have also had complete strangers making donations – it’s been a really good experience.”
To make a donation, visit justgiving.com/Amy-Sammut.
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