Welwyn octogenarian raises £1,200 in charity half-marathon

PUBLISHED: 09:45 12 September 2010

Jessica Sessions and Ted Byrne

Jessica Sessions and Ted Byrne

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AN octogenarian has handed over a cheque for more than £1,200 to charity, after completing a half-marathon in memory of his wife.

Ted Byrne, who will turn 89 later this month, raised £1,276 for Marie Curie Cancer Care after competing in the St Albans Half Marathon back in June.

The Welwyn resident, who is a keen walker, took part in the event to give something back to the charity, which cared for his wife May before her death from bone cancer 13 years ago.

He completed the course in 3 hours 45 minutes.

Ted, who has five children, 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, said: “My family and I are eternally grateful to the Marie Curie Cancer Care team who provided fantastic care at such a difficult time and enabled May to die with dignity. She even managed to have a daily G&T when the drinks trolley came round.

“May is deeply missed by everyone that knew her and I am fortunate to be able to give something back and say thank you to Marie Curie who took such good care of her.”

Marie Curie fundraiser Jessica Sessions received the cheque from Ted. She said: “I wanted to meet Ted and thank him for the wonderful amount of money he has raised for Marie Curie.

“He is a remarkable man and his achievement is a great inspiration to myself, his family and friends.”


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