Harleston runners ‘shocked’ by generosity of community

Laura Button receives a hamper from Ruth Harris-Orford, as a raffle donation, as her husband Shaun is running the London Marathan for charity.
Laura Button receives a hamper from Ruth Harris-Orford, as a raffle donation, as her husband Shaun is running the London Marathan for charity.

A Harleston couple running this year’s London Marathon for a cause close to their hearts say they have been ‘shocked’ by the generous support of the community.

Shaun and Laura Button will take to the start line on April 26, aiming to raise £2,500 from their marathon effort for the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) – roughly the cost of one mission.

Mr Button, 31, was diagnosed with hemiplegic migraine in 2011, and had his worst attack behind the wheel. Suffering with severe pain, he lost his sight and ended up hitting a tree, and was airlifted to hospital by the EAAA.

So far they have raised more than £2,300, with a number of shops and organisations having donated items for a raffle at a Pamper and Shopper Evening, set for tonight, to raise extra funds.

Mrs Button said: “Training has not been too bad. The long runs are tough, you get to about three miles from home and you want a car to come and pick you up! But you realise when you feel that pain, everyone has helped us and you just think of the people you are helping, and the people who are helping you, and you carry on.”

n The Pamper and Shopper Evening with a Valentines theme is being held at the Apollo Club, Harleston, from 6pm to 10pm tonight. Massages, facials, reflexology and more will be on offer, plus local crafts are on sale, and a raffle. Free entry. To sponsor visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/shaunbutton