Brothers raise £2,500 to boost Megan appeal total

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BROTHERS who completed a marathon in aid of our Megan Roper appeal – raising £2,500 in the process – have described how they were spurred on by the four-year-old’s plight.

Steve and Mark Arnold, both from Great Cornard, decided to run the Edinburgh Marathon to help the Free Press and Megan’s family transform the youngster’s life after reading about her struggles.

On Sunday, the duo endured soaring temperatures to finish the 26.2-mile course, with Steve, from Highbury Way, finishing in three hours and 35 minutes, and Mark, from Church Road, in four hours and eight minutes.

“It was really tough going as it was such a hot day,” said Steve, 36.

“Around the 19-mile mark was especially difficult as the midday sun was beating down and we had done most of our training in the morning at low temperatures – we just weren’t used to running in 26-degree heat.

“When it got tough, it was a case of thinking about the money we’ve raised and what Megan deals with to get through it.”

He said his 32-year-old brother had seen his training restricted by a hamstring injury in the lead up to the race and had been concerned about completing the marathon.

“It was touch and go and he is very pleased to have made it round,” said Steve.

“The support we have had has been fantastic and we have raised around £2,500, which we are still collecting.”

The money will go towards helping Megan’s parents, Carl and Sarah, renovate their family home in Swanfield, Long Melford, with £20,000 needed to build a lift, a specially adapted bathroom and sensory area.

The work will make life easier for Megan, who has an undiagnosed illness which causes development delay and leaves her unable to carry out simple tasks, such as talking, walking and feeding herself.

“It is such a good cause and I think that is why people have been so generous,” added Steve.

“We are so glad we did this for Megan and we were able to raise so much money.”