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Family connection inspires editorial chief to run London Marathon

David BartlettA family connection has inspired an editorial chief is set to run the London Marathon for charity.

David Bartlett, pictured, will take on the 26-mile challenge in aid of the MS Society because his brother-in-law suffers from multiple sclerosis.

David, who is Reach plc’s audience and content director for the South-East, will take part in the run on Sunday 2 October and has already raised more than £300 in sponsorship.

Those wishing to donate can do so here.

Posting on Twitter, David wrote: “I only launched my MS Society London Marathon fundraiser on Sunday after running the furthest I’ve ever run for my training – 17 miles – and I’ve been blown away by the generosity of donations so far.

“If you can contribute anything I’d be so grateful.”

In a post on his fundraising page, he added: “Multiple sclerosis impacts the lives of more than 130,000 people in the UK.

“I’m fundraising for MS Society because my brother-in-law has MS and I believe we have a long way to go as a society to improve the lives of people with hidden disabilities.

“MS Society is focused on finding treatments for everyone with MS, and until that is a reality making sure people with MS have the best possible support.”