The family of a Hartlepool teenager battling a rare degenerative condition were ‘overwhelmed’ at the success of a runathon held to raise cash for her treatment.
More than 120 runners and around 500 spectators turned out to the event at High Tunstall College of Science yesterday which was held for teen Georgia Hart who suffers from life-threatening condition Freidreich’s Ataxia.
The condition affects just one in 50,000 people in the world and attacks and damages the central nervous system, affecting the 18-year-old’s balance and mobility and her heart.
Just weeks ago the teen spent five days at a specialist hospital in America where she received her first dose of treatment.
Now back home, Georgia and her mum Bev Hart came out to support the 12-hour runathon organised by Georgia’s personal trainer and friend Cheryl Laycock, from the gym at the Life Centre, High Tunstall College of Science in Elwick Road, Hartlepool.
The event which kicked off at 7am and ran until 7pm was part of the Save a Hart fundraising campaign which aims to raise around £25,000 to help pay for the regular trips to the US which Georgia will have to make for the drug trials over the next seven months.
Bev, of Serpentine Road, said: “It’s just brilliant and Georgia is doing great at the moment. We’re a bit surprised at how many people have turned out and the number of people who have donated. It’s just amazing.”
Runners did laps round the 400-metre track with their teams for an hour at a time.
Organiser Cheryl added: “There has been a really good turn out and I’m quite overwhelmed by it all.”