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Hungerford woman running London Marathon for Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity



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A Hungerford woman is running the London Marathon in support of a dyslexia charity a year after her husband did the same.

Paula Darch, 48, will run the 26.2 mile distance in the capital in October to raise funds for the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity, which is based in Farnham.

Paula’s husband Rupert, 43, and daughter Bella, 10, are both dyslexic, and Helen Arkell has helped the family better understand the condition in recent years.

Paula Darch preparing to run the London Marathon this October (56493859)
Paula Darch preparing to run the London Marathon this October (56493859)

Mrs Darch, who made contact with the charity during lockdown, said: “They were quite amazing.”

The charity organised a socially-distanced assessment for Bella, and provided the necessary support for her and her family to fully understand the sort of challenges she faces in everyday life.

“The first step is identifying that your child has it, and if you’re not dyslexic, trying to get your head round how they see the world and how you can help them.”

Rupert and Bella Darch (56493861)
Rupert and Bella Darch (56493861)

Mrs Darch praised the charity for helping her understand dyslexia as someone who doesn’t have it.

“Helen Arkell, for me being non-dyslexic, has been incredible,” she said.

Mrs Darch decided to run the London Marathon for Helen Arkell after she was inspired by her husband when he ran for the charity last year.

As well as raising funds for Helen Arkell, Mrs Darch is also running to raise awareness of dyslexia and to show her daughter that anyone can do anything if they put their mind to it.

She went on a weight-loss quest in lockdown and lost 30 kilos. Mrs Darch decided to take up running again and started Couch to 5k when her husband was doing his marathon training.

Paula Darch after completing a beach run during her marathon training (56493912)
Paula Darch after completing a beach run during her marathon training (56493912)

She is currently able to run about 10 miles, but her official training begins in June. “I can’t wait for it to start properly,” she said.

To have a look at Mrs Darch’s fundraising page, visit here https://bit.ly/3ye5fnB

Mrs Darch is raising funds specifically for Helen Arkell’s bursary fund to help families that might not be able to afford its assessments.



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