Making a marathon effort in uncle’s memory for MND cause

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A Leighton woman who lost her uncle to motor neurone disease will run the Milton Keynes Marathon on Monday in his memory.

Katie Stanton, 26, of Lake Street, has raised nearly £500 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Her uncle, Dennis Murphy, who lived in Kempston, passed away at age 61 in 2010.

He regularly supported causes and research related to his condition and Katie’s family are keen to continue those efforts, with her cousin running the London Marathon last month.

She said: “My uncle was a very important part of my family.

“He very much wanted to get involved with the research and any trials he could be involved in and after we lost him we wanted to continue to help to raise funds.

“I know motor neurone disease can affect not just the sufferers themselves but the families too.

“The Motor Neurone Disease Association do a lot for the families like fitting new bathrooms and providing breathing equipment.

“It’s a really awful disease that can be with you for many years.”

You can support Katie’s fundraising by visiting