Stephen Merridue (centre) with father, David, present a cheque for £4,730 to Glenys Creese, CEO of Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity

Ex-service user completes TCS London Marathan

17 May 2024

When Stephen Merridue (24) secured one of only 10 assisted places in the ballot for this year’s TCS London Marathon, he knew immediately who he wanted to fundraise for. On Sunday 21 April, they joined 50,000 other people to take their place in the line-up.

A full-time wheelchair user with cerebral palsy, Stephen was accompanied by his running team, which includes his father David and friends Jade, Lynne and MartineDavid, with back-up from the others, pushes Stephen in his specially adapted running chair around the course. They have been competing together since 2021. 

Completing this prestigious landmark event in just over five hours, they raised £4,730 for Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity.

When asked what makes Stephen so special, his parents said, ““When we brought Stephen home from hospital, the doctors told us to enjoy him, that he wouldn’t achieve much, and that was it.  Well, look what he has achieved now! His attitude is brilliant.  It may seem unusual that someone who can’t walk decides to take part in a running event, but it’s really just normal now.  He goes out, enjoys the experience, and becomes part of the community. It’s wonderful.”

Stephen and his team have participated in the Great South Run and Worthing Marathon, in addition to regular Park Runs in Littlehampton. They also ran the Brighton Marathon, a week after recovering from Covid, achieving a 5-hour finish time. When asked what’s next, a rest? They both sniggered and said “the Berlin Marathon in the Autumn of course!

If you would like to take part in an event to fundraise for Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity, please visit our Events page or if you would like to chat about organising your own event, call Tracey on 07825 919363 or email [email protected]

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