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Family and friends of boy from Reading prepare for half marathon

Team Jude

As keen runners prepare for the upcoming Reading Half Marathon, for the family and friends of one young boy from the Berkshire town, the challenge means a lot.

A number of people will take on the challenge proposed by Dale Simkiss, who's looking to raise awareness of a condition his son is suffering from.

Team Jude’s 13 members are taking part in a number of physical feats including next month's Reading Half Marathon, as well as the London Marathon, Endure24 running challenge, Spartan Trifecta, 3 Peaks National challenge and the Great North Run.

Seven months ago, the Simkiss family received the devastating diagnosis that their little boy Jude, who turned one in October, has a rare genetic disorder called Mitchondrial disease. 

Sadly, there is no cure and it is unlikely that Jude will live past his childhood.

Jude’s family is currently supported by Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice as well as the Lily Foundation.

The former military family, who are now settled in Reading, called on family, friends and colleagues to join them in their mission to raise as much money as possible for the charities that are supporting them as well as raising awareness for Jude’s condition.

Dale Simkiss, father of Jude, said:

“We are living every parent’s worst nightmare. Jude’s condition is so limiting and it is devastating to know that because there is no cure he is unlikely to live past childhood. It is a cruel stroke of nature that affects many children and families across the UK and in Jude’s name we are so very passionate about raising greater awareness of this condition so that in the future more will be known about mitochondrial disease and we might be closer to finding a cure. 

“One of the fantastic charities supporting my family is Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service. It provides us, and other families like ours, with invaluable support not just for Jude but the rest of the family including his brothers and sister. It relies wholly on donations from the public to keep its wonderful service going and Team Jude wants to raise as much money as we can for them.”

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