Family duo raise £1,100 for amputees

HOORAY: Maggie and Jo Chapman.
HOORAY: Maggie and Jo Chapman.
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Inspired by the exploits of her father after he lost a limb fighting in the Second World War, a Bures woman has completed a gruelling 10,000-metre charity run.

Maggie Chapman, from Sudbury Road, took on the Bupa 10k in London with her daughter Josephine, 21.

The pair were spurred on by the thought of Maggie’s father Charles Dunham, who was wounded while serving with the Royal Signals in North Africa in 1941.

Mr Dunham, who had his leg amputated as a result of the injury, went on to work for the British Limbless Ex-service Men’s Association.

He later became general secretary of the charity and was made an MBE for his work in 1970. Mr Dunham died in 1999.

“I will always be incredibly proud of my dad and what he achieved,” said Maggie, 54.

“He did a lot to promote sports for the disabled back when artificial limbs were very heavy and cumbersome.

“They were uncomfortable to wear and running in them was nearly impossible – a far cry from today’s Paralympians who use modern prosthetics.”

After months of training, the duo joined 11,000 other runners, including gold medal-winning Olympian Mo Farah, for the race and raised £1,100 for their cause. They finished together in a time of one hour and seven minutes.

“It was an amazing experience and the atmosphere was incredible,” said Maggie, who runs R G Chapman jewellers in Gainsborough Street, Sudbury.

“We were not quite as fast as Mo but we were really pleased.”

Maggie added that her father was very much in her thoughts during the race.

“There are still many men and women battling with the problems of having lost a limb, and helping wounded soldiers rebuild their lives costs money,” she added.