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This one's for my dad.

A BIRMINGHAM teacher will be ditching the classroom to pound the streets of London to raise cash in memory of her dad.

When Caroline Newell, aged 28, lost her father to motor neurone disease she knew she wanted to do something to help other sufferers.

"I decided I wanted to do a sponsored event, and I thought the London marathon would be ideal," said Caroline, a teacher at Severne Primary School, in Severne Road, Acocks Green.

"I couldn't get a place through the charity I wanted, But then I got one in aid of research into progressive supranuclear palsy, which is a very similar illness to what my dad had."

She said her father, 60-year-old Robert Treagust, of Bartley Green, had a three-year battle against the wasting disease, and would have been so proud of her.

"My mum, Olwyn, is really pleased that I'm doing this and I think my dad would have been happy too," said Caroline, who lives in Warwick with husband Adrian, 43.

"I've never done anything like this before and it's taken four months and a lot of hard work to built up my fitness."

Caroline has already raised more than pounds 1,000, thanks to generous donations from friends, family and pupils and staff at the school.


ROAD RUNNER... Caroline Newell.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Apr 21, 2007
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