Gravesend teacher to run a marathon-a-month in charity challenge

PUBLISHED: 13:12 29 February 2016 | UPDATED: 13:12 29 February 2016

Lynne Wheeler

Lynne Wheeler


Lynne Wheeler is raising money for the charity that supported her pupil’s family after he suffered severe brain damage

A Gravesend teacher is embarking upon a gruelling challenge to raise money for the charity that supported her pupil’s family after he suffered severe brain damage.

Lynne Wheeler, who teaches at Ifield School, is pushing herself to the limit by running a marathon-a-month throughout 2016 for Ronald McDonald House Charities.

She has already completed two marathons for the charity, which provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation to families with seriously-ill children in hospital, but still has to tough out ten more before the end of the year.

Ms Wheeler hopes to raise £1,000 as a thank you to Ronald McDonald House Guy’s and St Thomas’, one of 14 houses across the UK, for enabling the family of one of her pupils to stay close by whilst he was being treated at London Evelina Children’s Hospital.

The 13-year-old boy from Medway was admitted to intensive care last year after suffering from number of seizures which led to permanent brain damage.

Ms Wheeler said: “Although I have been running for four years and have taken part in a number of other marathons, no amount of physical or mental training can quite prepare you for 12 marathons in 12 months.

“However, nothing can ever prepare you for when your child falls seriously ill, which is why I’m raising money for Ronald McDonald House Charities and the fantastic work they do to keep families together during these difficult times.

“I had never heard of the charity until my pupil was admitted to hospital; his parents told me that they wouldn’t have known what to do without the house or its members of staff.”

Ms Wheeler’s next marathon is the New Forest Ultra Marathon on March 19.

To support her, visit:

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Gravesend Reporter. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Gravesend Reporter