Mum on the run for charity

Jayne Eccles is hoping to raise �1,000 for a dyslexia charity.
Jayne Eccles is hoping to raise �1,000 for a dyslexia charity.

A Banchory mother is set to run two marathons in the space of a month to raise money for a dyslexia charity.

Jayne Eccles, 34, will compete in the London Marathon in April before running the 26.2 mile race in Edinburgh the following month.

The support worker, who works at Linn Moor School in Culter, is hoping to raise £1,000 for The British Dyslexia Association (BDA).

Jayne’s son Marcus was diagnosed with dyslexia as he was leaving primary school and she feels that many people are unaware of the complex nature of the condition.

Jayne said: “It was a late diagnosis and meant a very difficult transition into secondary education. Dyslexia can effect not only reading and writing, but has a profound impact on social skills, self esteem, mental health and emotions.

“With information that I gathered from charities like BDA and local support groups I was able to ensure he was given all of the aids he needed to get the best out of his education.

“We are blessed to have a child who can see ‘outside the box’ and he is a confident and creative young man now. I’m running these marathons for him because I’m a very proud mum!”

Jayne, who lives in Banchory with her partner Kyle and two children Marcus and Holly, ran over 100 miles last month and has already raised over a third of the £1,000 she hopes to generate for The British Dyslexia Association.

The charity supports people with dyslexia and their families through a UK-wide network of local dyslexia associations and a national helpline. The BDA also campaigns to raise awareness of the condition.

Jayne said: “Charities like BDA do such good work but do go unnoticed until dyslexia affects you personally. Thanks to everyone who has sponsored me so far.”

You can visit Jayne’s fundraising page: http://www.justgiving.com/jayne-eccles1