It’s a family affair as Lacey and Jake run their first marathon


Lacey Walker and Jake Burton who did the London Marathon to raise funds for Children’s Liver Disease Foundation

Lacey Mellor from Stone was delighted to complete her first London Marathon on Sunday. The keen runner was joined by her nephew, Jake, and between them they have raised over £4,000 for a cause which means a lot to them, Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF).

The charity has been important to the family ever since Jake’s cousin, eight year old Lara, who is also Lacey’s god-daughter, was diagnosed with the rare liver disease, biliary atresia.

“Lara is such a little star!” says Lacey, a personal assistant for Francesco Group in Stafford.

“She deals with her condition amazingly well, she always has the biggest smile and I know her mum and dad and all of her family are so proud of her. CLDF have been there for her family with information and support from the start and it’s important to us that they continue to be there for Lara as she grows up.

 “Running has been my hobby for many years. I watch the London Marathon on television every year and have always said that I would do it one day so I feel really privileged to be able to do it for CLDF! I really enjoyed the whole experience. It was tough but it’s nothing compared to what Lara and other children fighting liver disease have to endure so I’m just so pleased to have completed it!”

Lacey’s nephew Jake, who lives in nearby Weston Coyney, was also proud to complete his first marathon:

 “I was going really well but had a collision around mile 16 and had to pretty much walk the rest of the way gritting my teeth!” he said. “However the atmosphere was amazing and now I know I can do it I want to do it all again!”

Alison Taylor, CLDF Chief Executive, added:

“We are the only UK charity dedicated to fighting all forms of childhood liver disease which we do by providing information to healthcare professionals, emotional support for families, funds for research and a voice for all those affected. We rely entirely on voluntary donations so we are delighted that Lacey and Jake have done this for us. It’s a huge commitment and we are so pleased they enjoyed the experience.”

You can still support Lacey’s London Marathon Run by going to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Lacey-Walker2

For more information on CLDF visit childliverdisease.org