Paige lives in Boston, Lincolnshire and works in a school in Peterborough, “where a good majority of our students are on the Autistic Spectrum”.
Paige shares a special connection to Autism as her both her brothers have Autism, therefore Paige grew up understanding Autism and how it affects the day to day lives of everyone but especially children.
Paige is being joined on Sunday by her Dad who
is running the marathon in support of a different charity. Paige is especially proud to be completing this challenge with her dad.
Paige’s hobbies include aerial arts, crochet, reading, and running.
“Autism is something that I hold close to my heart. I have worked with Autistic children for the last 5 years and enjoy every moment of it. Autism is such a unique learning disability that makes working with a diverse group of children interesting and fun everyday.”
You can support Paige’s fundraising efforts here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paige-hewitt22
Titobi lives in Lagos, Nigeria.
Titobi’s eldest daughter has autism, and she has much passion for the Autism East Midlands Charity, and as a mum, she understands the challenges parents can face.
Working with an organisation located in the East Midlands, and caring for an autistic child, gave Titobi the perfect inspiration to support Autism East Midlands, Titobi says that “every autistic individual has great potentials and are smarter than what their condition limits them to be. It is a heartfelt joy and selflessness for me to support this cause.”
Titobi’s hobbies and interests consist of running, networking and dancing. Titobi usually runs with a group of runners every week, mainly to keep fit and have fun!
Titobi will be completing the Virtual London Marathon in her home country of Lagos, Nigeria.
“As a matter of fact this will be the first marathon I will be running in my home country. I am more of the destination marathoner. My first ever marathon was in Lebanon, I was supposed to be running the Paris marathon in April but it was postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19. There was once a time I was due to run the Lagos marathon in my home country, but I had to travel at the same time for my mother in laws birthday in Dubai.I eventually ran the marathon virtually in Dubai same day as the Lagos was held! So this is a major deal having my first marathon in my home country!”
You can support Titobi’s fundraising efforts here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/titobi-charity-run
Jose lives in San Ysidro, California.
Jose has an autistic daughter and was also diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome himself at aged 37.
“I have a daughter with Autism, and I understand the challenges faced and the patience required by those who support and care for children on the spectrum. Autism East Midlands need every possible resource to continue doing their incredible work.”
You can support Jose’s fundraising efforts here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/blue-power
Lucy lives in Leicestershire, which provides a wonderful setting to train for the London Marathon, but Lucy’s training will be conducted right across the globe in a huge variety of settings due to her job.
Lucy has seen firsthand the work that Autism East Midlands do within schools and universities supporting students and it is this that has inspired her to take on the Virtual London Marathon, in its 40th Year.
Hobbies and interests: Lucy enjoys travelling and is lucky enough to have a job that also takes her around the world. Lucy has spent a lot of time overseas, which means lots of exciting locations for marathon training.
“I began my career supporting students with autism and loved every minute I spent with them. Their experiences in school and university inspired me to study a degree in education, with a particular focus on the support available for students with autism.”
You can support Lucy’s fundraising efforts here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lucy-pandit
Northampton resident Jade has always wanted to take on the London Marathon but until now didn’t have the courage to sign up. She is now incredibly excited to take on the World’s most iconic race.
Jade’s hobbies and interests are attending the gym and running.
Jade has fundraised for the charity before and is motivated to do so because her nephew is on the spectrum. This will be the biggest challenge Jade will has set herself in order to fundraise for Autism East Midlands and she will be preparing for the big day by cramming in lots of running!
You can learn more about Jade’s story here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jade-haines
Ross is from Nottingham and his inspiration to run the London Marathon for Autism East Midlands is very close to home. Ross’ brother, Alex, has autism and works for the charity’s specialist school in Nottingham, Sutherland House School.
Ross’ hobbies are running and reading, he also loves Nottingham Forest and watching films. The lure of taking on this iconic race spurs Ross on; “It’s one of the greatest races in the world, I am over the moon to have this opportunity and it is a great honour to be a part of this inspiring team”.
You can learn more about Ross’ journey and support his fundraising efforts here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/levylondon
Emma, who is from Castle Donnington, might well be a familiar face to you all. This is because she ran the London Marathon for Autism East Midlands in 2019, and absolutely smashed it!
The motivation behind Emma’s second London Marathon experience is the same as her first, which is her son, Harrison who was diagnosed with autism shortly before she signed up for her first marathon.
Emma’s hobbies and interests are fitness, health 7 wellbeing and raising awareness
Emma hopes that on her second marathon she is able to embrace the day a little more than last year: “I really underestimated the magnitude of the training and the atmosphere on the day. This time I want to embrace the atmosphere and take it all in, instead of just enduring it!”
You can support Emma’s fundraising and learn more about her story here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/emma-harrison-griffiths
Josh is from Leicester and is a complete novice when it comes to running. Although he is a keen sportsman, long distance running is completely new to Josh, so he has slowly been building up his distances during training.
Josh is a proud cousin of Kirsty Taylor, who works for Autism East Midlands and has also raised money as part of the London Marathon, meaning Josh has seen first-and the amazing services Autism East Midlands is able to provide.
Hobbies & Interests: Josh is a big follower of F1, boxing and cricket and his favorite films are anything Marvel and Star Wars.
“To be part of a collective effort to support this incredible and underrepresented cause is such a huge honour and I hope that together we are able to raise money and the public profile of the charity in any way we can.”
You can support Josh’s fundraising efforts by donating here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/joshua-elliott