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Stone runner takes on London Marathon for ill Eccleshall mum raising cash to pay for US treatment

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: March 27, 2014

Stone runner takes on London Marathon for ill Eccleshall mum raising cash to pay for US treatment

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A TEACHER suffering a debilitating brain condition who launched a fund-raising campaign to pay for treatment abroad has been overwhelmed by offers of help from residents.

Former marathon runner Claire Hubbard, 47, from Eccleshall, has been inundated with calls from people rushing to help her raise the £13,000 needed for treatment in the USA.

The mum-of-two, who taught at St Michael’s First School for much of her 26-year teaching career, suffers with intracranial hypotension, which causes brain or spinal fluid to leak. It means her life has changed dramatically and she has gone from running marathons to having to use a wheelchair to get around. She has a constant headache, has to lie down regularly and suffers body jerks and spasms.

She was diagnosed after a long battle to get medics to believe her and the treatment in America involves scanning the brain to find out exactly where the leak is so it can be treated.

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And since revealing her story in the Newsletter a fortnight ago generous residents in Stone and Eccleshall have rushed to support the fund-raising.

Among them is Chris Barlow, 66, Marlborough Way, Stone, who knows Claire and her twin sister Louise Walmsley, also a teacher at St Michael’s, from the Stone Master Marathoners running club. He has run more than 80 marathons and plans to do the London Marathon on April 14 and will donate any money he raises to Claire’s campaign.

Mrs Hubbard said: “I can’t believe the amount of support I have had. I have heard of two people doing sky-dives and today I had a cheque handed to me from a parent whose son I had taught in 1990. It is really amazing, people are contacting me all the time and I’m so grateful.”

Mrs Hubbard also has the support of her sister, staff and pupils at St Michael’s in raising the cash and Mrs Hubbard's husband Paul and daughters Amy, 21, and Kate, 18, have been sponsored to give up chocolate for Lent.

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