TWO best friends and devoted granddaughters are to run a half marathon together, raising funds for charities that help those with conditions that affected their grandmothers,
Skegness girls, Apollonia (Appi) Mellors and Shan Chapman are training for the Great North Run in Newcastle on Sunday, September 18.
Appi is raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Society and Shan is supporting the Stroke Association after both girls lost a dearly loved grandmother to the disorders.
Appi’s grandmother, Joan Mellors, only died last month by which time Appi had already decided to run the event.
But after the sad death, she felt that it would be fitting to raise money for a cause which could prevent others from suffering the same way as her grandmother.
She said: “Alzheimer’s is a really awful condition and seeing someone you love deteriorate in that way is heart-breaking.
Shan’s grandmother, Pat Fountain, was a major sporting figure in the Skegness area, coaching netball, football and swimming, up until her sad death nearly 10 years ago.
Appi and Shan both used to play for East Coast Raiders under the coaching instruction of Pat. The club has recently resurrected its girls football team in honour of Pat and her service to the game.
Shan has already raised more than a thousand pounds for the Stroke Association when she ran a half marathon in London last year.
She is also planning a major fund raising event in March to mark the 10th anniversary of her grandmother’s death.
l To make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/shan-chapman or www.justgiving.com/apollonia-mellors