Pete puts on running shoes for Leah’s fund

Leah Martin

Leah Martin - Credit: Archant

Local hotelier Peter Watkins has been inspired by a story in the Torbay Weekly to run the Torbay 10k in support of Leah’s Fairy Fund for Brain Tumour Research. 
Peter, from the Lincombe Hall Hotel, has set up a Just Giving page, which can be found by simply searching for Peter Watkins, and is already past halfway in his quest to raise at least £1,000. 
As he readily admits, Peter has “never run or done any physical exercise, but during the last lockdown, after schools returned, and to avoid buying new work clothes I started Couch to 5K. 
“I struggled to achieve at first but carried on.  10 weeks later I completed this and wanted to continue running (jogging) after the hard work I'd put in (it was painful).” 
“When I read in the Torbay Weekly and Roselands School newsletter a while ago, the story stuck in my mind, so when I decided to sign up to the impossible challenge of Torbay 10k, Leah's Fairy Fund was a worthwhile cause.” 
Leah’s Fairy Fund was set up by the family of Leah Martin who was diagnosed with a high-grade medulloblastoma at the age of two. Several operations, as well as chemotherapy and radiotherapy, have left Leah with long-term side effects including problems with her speech and mobility. 
Mum and Dad, Joanne and Wayne, want better options and outcomes for brain tumour patients and in particular are keen to support the research being funded at Brain Tumour Research’s Centre of Excellence at University of Plymouth. 
Leah's Fairy Fund have been raising money since May 2016 and have now raised over £8,700, which impressively equates to three days of research. As of 2018, the family changed their target to £13,700, as this amount of money will fund five days of research in one of the Research centres of Excellence. Your donation can really help then smash this goal. 
Search for Peter Watkins and Leah’s Fairy Fund on JustGiving.com and you can really help this fantastic initiative.