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Why the youngest woman in this year’s London Marathon is running for the MS Trust

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Georgina Goddard is the youngest member of our 2014 London Marathon team. She’s also the youngest of all the women running this year! Here she tells us why she chose to run for the MS Trust.

My name is Georgina Goddard and I live in Essex. On 13 April 2014, I will be running the London Marathon as part of the team representing the Multiple Sclerosis Trust, which provides support to people with multiple sclerosis. My uncle Paul died a couple of years ago at the age of 49 after living with MS for several years and my aunt Sandie has had it for about 5 years, so I have first hand knowledge of the disease and how it affects people and their families. So when it came to choosing a charity there was no other for me.

I will be one of the youngest people running the marathon, just eight days after my 18th birthday and I want to mark this occasion by raising a minimum of £1,808. This is something that will be a tough task for me at my young age, but I will work hard to get the money as I have always wanted to run the marathon since I was very young.

I have assisted at the 20 mile London Marathon water station for several years, so have seen the commitment people make to run the marathon and I will be there very soon giving the same. I have already raised a fair amount and I have a charity night coming up at the Tandoori Parlour Indian restaurant in Thundersley, Essex. We have sold 100 tickets with a donation from the ticket price going to the charity. We have also had many companies donating auction prizes, such as Extreme Element who donated a £50 voucher for the auction on the night, so I am confident I will reach my target and more by April.