The Pulmonary Hypertension Association is to receive a donation boost thanks to four young people from Kirriemuir.
Former classmates Tracey Inglis, Tracey Smith, Scott Yule and Neil Dick are to run the London Marathon later this year in memory of a schoolfriend who died from the disorder.
At the same time they will raise money to help prevent others dying from the contrition which claimed the life of 19-year-old Laura Bell nearly two years ago, having been diagnosed only a year previously.
“We are running the London marathon on behalf of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, a charity very close to our hearts,” explained Tracey Smith.
“Laura Bell was a very cheery bubbly girl who was known locally by many people and attended Northmuir Primary School and Webster’s High School.
“By taking on this personal challenge we feel like we’re doing something in memory of Laura and also helping to spread awareness of this terrible disease.
“We wanted to take part in something that we knew would be a challenge and we can definitely say running 26 miles isn’t something we’ve done before or could naturally just go out and run.
“We feel this is not just going to be a physical challenge but also a mental challenge but the thought that we are doing this in memory of Laura is definitely going to help us keep running through the tough points. The group have been preparing for the marathon by undertaking regular training and by taking part in a half marathon.
A spokesperson for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association said: “We are very grateful to Laura’s friends for running the Virgin London Marathon on behalf of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association UK. We wish them every success with their endeavours and thank them for all they are doing to celebrate the life of this remarkable young woman and raise funds for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association UK.”
The group have already received some generous donations to their cause and if anyone would like to help they can do so at www.justgiving.com/Tracy-Inglis.
Pulmonary hypertension is a rare and serious lung disorder where the blood pressure in the arteries in the lungs elevates putting pressure on the heart, reducing the amount of oxygen that’s able to reach the tissues of the body causing breathlessness & exhaustion.
For more information on Pulmonary hypertension visit the association’s website at www.phassociation.uk.com.