Eastleigh mom runs London marathon for Rainbow Trust

A mother of three is competing in this year’s London Marathon for her daughter with cancer.

Emily Ball of Eastleigh puts on her trainers on October 2 to raise money for Rainbow Trust Children’s charity.

She has been supported by the charity since her four-year-old daughter Martha Moynihan was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia last November.

Now she hopes to give back by raising £5,000.

‘A strong start’

The 40-year-old said: “I decided to take on this running challenge to help Rainbow Trust continue to help families like mine with a seriously ill child.

Martha Moynihan with her mother Emily Ball

“I don’t think I would get through this situation without his help.

“I want to give something back because I don’t think I could function without their help.

“It’s the little things and the little windows of time they give me that are important. Those are the things you miss out on when you take care of a seriously ill child.

Emily, owner of Active Step Foot and Ankle Clinic in Whiteley, added: “I would be very grateful for all the support people can give by sponsoring me to run the London Marathon.

“I would like to reach my ambitious target of £5,000. I raised £1,000 in three days, so we’ve had a strong start.”

‘It is challenging’

Emily has two other children, Clara, six, and Charlie, 17, and relies on Rainbow Trust’s support to help with the pressures of caring for Martha in addition to their busy family life.

Her family supporter, Cindy Steele-Jones, helps her with school collections and to get Martha’s sister into dancing lessons.

Cindy also provides emotional support to the family and offers respite so Emily can attend personal appointments.

Emily will run with her partner Paul Kinkaid and her friend and colleague Alice Forward.

However, training for the marathon is no small feat.

Emily said: “It’s a challenge because we have to go for a run when we don’t want to, like in the heat of the day, which is really hard work.

“It all depends on Martha. We can’t choose when to run and it’s very difficult.

“But my 17-year-old son is babysitting and my partner Paul takes turns training with me.”

Emily will be one of 68 runners on the Rainbow Trust London Marathon team, raising money and raising awareness for the cause.

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/EMILY-BALL12.

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