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Doing it for Dad - Bex Darke

Bex Darke, 24, took part in the Bath Half Marathon on 1st March in memory of her Dad, Phil who died at the age of 47 from heart failure in July 2013. In August, it would have been Phil’s half century so what better way to celebrate it than running a half marathon. One of Phil's favourite mantras was, "to stand still is not an option". So, at the beginning of December Bex decided to throw on her running shoes and set a goal to complete the race in under two hours. 

Bex, a farmers daughter from South Huish, Kingsbridge is currently teaching PE and living in Bath whilst returning home on weekends to play for the league bashing Cougars Hockey team. Bex joined the thousands of people who took to the streets of Bath to fulfill a personal challenge but also to raise money for the Nuffield Farming Trust and Blood Pressure UK.  

Bex said: “Dad worked extremely hard to become a 2011 Nuffield scholar and this had a fantastic positive impact on him and we were all extremely proud of him for completing it. A memorial scholarship has been established in memory of Dad and the money I raise will go towards this, to allow someone else to experience the life changing benefits of a Nuffield Scholarship”. 

Bex has additionally been raising money for Blood Pressure UK to raise the importance of EVERYONE knowing what their blood pressure is and understanding the need to take action to maintain the correct level in order to protect their health. Bex said: “I would love everyone who donated to "know their numbers"........ It will only take 5 minutes but could change and prolong your life! My Dad died very unexpectedly in July 2013. He was aware he had high blood pressure but not of the effect it was having on his body".

When Bex was 19 she had half a lung removed so never really thought there would be much of a chance of her taking part in a challenge like this but it just goes to show that if she can do it, anyone can. Not only did Bex complete her personal challenge but she also achieved a respectable time of 1 hour and 56 minutes. To stand still WAS NOT an option!! The phenomenal support, kindness and generosity kept me going. I can't thank everyone enough!

Bex  was hoping to raise £500 with her efforts but to date her sponsorship total is over £2000. Bex would love to continue raising money for these two life changing charities at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RebeccaDarke3. Nuffield Farming Trust have been unable to register with Virgin Giving. However, If you would like to sponsor Nuffield please arrange a bank transfer  referenced 'Phil Darke' (Sort Code: 40-32-04, Account Number: 91660365) .