BUSINESS manager Stuart Nelson will be swapping his work shirt for running shorts next month in a bid to raise £1,000 for 18-month-old niece, who has been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.
Little Iris is the first in the family to suffer from the condition; her parents were unaware they were even carriers of the gene.
But the family is now raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, which leads research into the condition which attacks the lungs and digestive system.
Stuart, 43, from Woodhall Drive has run 10K events in Leeds, York and Hull in the past but has entered for his first Leeds Half Marathon on May 11 to help his “adorable” niece.
“Iris is such a gorgeous niece but, sadly, has been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis,” he said.
“Unfortunately, this means she will probably spend much of her life on medication and undergoing treatment just so she can have as much of a normal life as possible.
“Given that Iris has only just started walking and she couldn’t run 13 miles herself yet, I’ve decided to do it on her behalf.”
Anyone who would like to sponsor Stuart can do so online at www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/snpnelson.
All the money raised will be invested in the trust’s work to find a cure for the disease and to support an estimated 10,000 families of sufferers of the illness around the UK.