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Bexleyheath couple taking on London Marathon Age UK dementia challenge

PUBLISHED: 12:52 13 March 2013 | UPDATED: 09:20 25 March 2013

James Vigour and Jade Behr (centre and right) with former Olympic heptathlete Kelly Sotherton, who supports Age UK

James Vigour and Jade Behr (centre and right) with former Olympic heptathlete Kelly Sotherton, who supports Age UK

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A Bexleyheath woman will use the care her grandmother received for dementia as her inspiration for running her first ever marathon next month.

Jade Behr, 26, along with her partner James Vigour, 28, are running the London Marathon on April 21 to support Age UK, who supported Doreen Wilson through her final days. She died last year.

Jade said: “We could see the marathon route from my nan’s room in St Thomas’ Hospital and she said I should give it a go. It seems fitting now.

“It’s fair to say I’m not much of a runner so I’m a bit apprehensive. This time last year I couldn’t run for a bus but the training has gone quite well and it’s for a great cause so that will help get us through.”

The couple, who live in Burr Close, are looking to raise around £3,600 between them and are seeking sponsorship from businesses and individuals in the community.

Jade added: “Age UK are partnering with Youth Net to get young people in the community involved with the elderly who have become house bound or cut off from the out side world.”

The couple are being sponsored by Welling Mobility who provide disability products for people in Kent and south-east England.

To sponsor Jade and to find out more about her story visit http://bit.ly/ZJLBrT.

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