Anneka Ives is embarking on her first-ever marathon on April 26th this year. Anneka is running the London marathon to raise money for the Down’s Syndrome Association and when she found out that she had been given a place, she burst into tears.
Anneka from Rainham has a special reason for running this marathon. Her twenty-two-year-old brother Adam has Down Syndrome and Anneka now wants to raise money for the charity who has supported her and her family.
Anneka told the Havering Daily: “This year is the 50th anniversary of the Down Syndrome Association. They have been an invaluable source of information for myself and my mum.
“I was six years old when Adam was born and my mother tried to explain to me what Down syndrome was. However, I didn’t really understand it and to me, he was just my little brother Adam.”
Now Anneka is lacing up her trainers and preparing herself to accomplish this tough challenge to give something back to the charity that has been there to support her and her family.
“Without their support, we would have been lost. They have made a real difference in our lives and now I want to give something back to them.
“Adam is a very sweet person, very caring and loving and we all love looking after him. I actually named him Adam so he is very dear to me,” continued Anneka.
Anneka has only ever run 10 kilometres so she is preparing for the big task ahead of her.
“I’ve got a plan set out now, yesterday I ran 10 kilometres with my brother in law and my sister joined in as well. My dad has now bought a pair of trainers so he can come out with me. Everyone has been so supportive and have been really encouraging and motivating.”
Anneka finished by saying: “Here goes, just a casual 26.2 miles for Adam!“
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