runner completes Great North Run for children's
A PARTIALLY blind Lisburn man overcame his
own personal challenges and successfully completed the Great
North Run half marathon in Newcastle last Sunday - raising vital
funds for Children's Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF).
Fred Young, 34, was moved to raise funds for
CLDF, the only organization in the UK dedicated to fighting
childhood liver disease, after his niece Danielle 13 was
diagnosed with an incurable liver disease in 2005.
Since then Danielle's family, who are from
Ballynahinch, has received practical and emotional support from
Fred said: "I am thrilled to have completed
the race and was pleased with my time of 3hrs 19m. All the
effort of training over the last few months paid off and there
was a fantastic atmosphere on the day with amazing support from
the crowd, including a team from CLDF, who were stationed just
before the finish line cheering us home."
"There was also a real party atmosphere
amongst the runners with everyone chatting and encouraging each
other along. In fact, it was so enjoyable I am hoping to take
part again next year.
Fred's fundraising is continuing, as he is
holding several events this month.
"My brother Martin and I are also organizing
a fun night and disco at Ballynahinch Rugby Club on October 6
from 8pm to late, and a 'night at the races' event in the Blues
Club, Sackville Street, Lisburn on October 14 to raise extra
funds for CLDE. "We are looking forward to adding all the funds
together and presenting a sizeable cheque later in the year. We
are hoping to raise at least £1,500," explained Fred.
Catherine Arkley, chief executive at
Children's Liver Disease Foundation said: "We would like to
congratulate Fred on his fantastic achievement, both in training
and on race day on our behalf.
"Few people know that two children are
diagnosed with a liver disease each and every day and the money
Fred and his sponsors raise will enable us to continue to
support the thousands of families affected as well as continuing
to research the causes of the 100 or so different childhood
If you would like to add to Fred's Great
North Run sponsorship total or would like more information on
the fundraising events being organized in aid of CLDF please
contact Fred on 07811 213079 or Martin on 07702 755292.
For further information on the work of the
Foundation, you can visit
www.childliverdisease.org or call 0121 212 3839.
Fred said he would like to thank everyone who
has supported him and donated generously.