inspires Burnham-On-Sea woman to run half marathon
Burnham-On-Sea teaching assistant is set to pull on her running
shoes to raise money for a charity very dear to her heart.
Sam Stockham, who works at Brent Knoll School, is running the
Bath Half Marathon on March 7th to raise money for the MPS Society,
godson has Hunter's disease, which is a rare genetic condition
that currently has no cure, only treatment for symptoms that arise,"
she explained to Burnham-On-Sea.com.
"MPS and other related diseases affect 1 in 25,000 live births
in the UK. One baby born every eight days in the UK is diagnosed
with an MPS or related disease."
multi-organ storage diseases cause progressive physical disability
and in many cases, severe degenerative mental deteoration and
can result in childhood death."
has only been running since last February and completed her first
the Burnham-On-Sea Half Marathon, last October and finished in
two hours and ten minutes.
Bath Half marathon will be my first big race and I am currently
training three times a week. Over the last three years, I have
completed four Race for Lifes and entered the Midnight Beach Walk
to help Weston Hospicecare - all very good charities in their
The MPS Society is the only national charity specialising in MPS
and related diseases. The society represents and supports over
1,200 affected children and adults, their families, carers and
professionals. They are also trying to bring about more public
awareness of MPS and research into these rare diseases.
Anyone who would like to sponsor Samantha can visit her Just Giving