Leeds dad’s marathon effort after four family tragedies

Michael and Helen Ellis with daughters Ruby, five, and Freya, 18 months.
Michael and Helen Ellis with daughters Ruby, five, and Freya, 18 months.
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FAMILY MAN Michael Ellis, who suffers from a genetic disorder, hopes to raise £2,000 by running the London Marathon.

Michael, 38, has balance translocation disorder, which causes complications during the early stages of pregnancy.

His wife Helen has suffered four miscarriages, but despite the odds, the couple from Seacroft now have two adorable daughters – Ruby, five, and Freya, 18 months.

He said: “They are my angels. We never ever gave up hope.”

Michael took up running last year and will run the marathon for Genetic Disorder UK.

He added: “Everyone donating, whether it’s £1 or £10, motivates me and spurs me on.”

Michael and wife Helen raised £400 for Leeds General Infirmary’s Fetal Medicine Unit by running in 16 races last year.

Helen, 33, said: “I’m very proud of him.”

Speaking about her children, she added: “They are all the more special because it was a long road to get there.

“Ruby’s just got a pair of trainers and signed up for her first run.

“She’s following in her father’s footsteps!”

An Elvis Tribute night will be held at the Irish Centre on York Road on February 15 to raise more funds. Tickets cost £8 from the venue.

A fish and chip night is also being held at the Skyliner restaurant on March 5.

Friends Naomi Rushforth and Rachael Cook have also helped fundraise.

To sponsor Michael, visit www.justgiving.com/MichaelEllisVLM.

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