Marathon run in memory of former Ilkeston butcher

Steph and Chris Wass are running the London Marathon to raise money for the British Lung Foundation in Memory of Steph's Dad
Steph and Chris Wass are running the London Marathon to raise money for the British Lung Foundation in Memory of Steph's Dad

When Stephanie Wass runs the London marathon, thoughts of her late father Albert Rollison will keep her going.

Albert, a former butcher in Ilkeston, died following an 18-month battle with lung disease in December 2013, aged 72.

Stephanie, 42, and husband Chris, 46, who live in Heanor, want to raise £5,000 for the British Lung Foundation by running in his memory as part of BLF’s #TeamBreathe,

Though they have both taken part in runs before, this will be the first time they have taken on a marathon.

The couple, who run their own security company, have already raised £4,5000 through events such as coffee mornings. They are also running a competition to see who can guess their combined finishing time.

Stephanie said: “I felt I needed to do something positive in my dad’s memory. Chris and I have always wanted to run the London Marathon and it felt a fitting tribute to run in his memory for the charity he supported.

“I know that he would be very proud of us being able to do something so positive for people affected by lung disease.”