Rachel Price, 21, from Martin’s Heron, is taking on a London to Brighton 100km challenge in May after family friend Terry Flatt died in June last year.
Mr Flatt, from Staines, suffered from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) – where people suffer from severe confusion, memory loss and hallucinations. It eventually leaves people unable to walk, talk or eat. Only one person in each million across the world is diagnosed with the disease per year.
Miss Price has teamed up with seven others to raise money for charity CJD Support Network – Mr Flatt’s daughters Becky and Sian Flatt, plus Sam Light, Jack De Cruz, Jessica Reed, Tamsin Boughey and Emily Hogg.
The route for the London 2
Brighton Challenge will begin in Richmond-upon-Thames on May 24, and finish in Brighton. The team, which goes out once a week for a long walk, aims to complete the challenge in 25 hours.
Miss Price said: “It is nice to
support the charity that helped
him [Mr Flatt] and hopefully it will raise awareness too. We are supporting something that is very dear to all our hearts and I think that is really spurring us on right now.”
The group has surpassed its fundraising target of £3,000, but is keen to raise as much cash as possible. To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/One-In-A-Million-Terry-Flatt