Sutton Student Puts Best Foot Forward In Memory Of Late Father

Alex with her father Jim, A determined Sutton student will be leading a team of 20 in the Great Midlands Fun Run in memory of her father who died earlier this year of a neurological disease. Alex Ward, a year 13 student at the Arthur Terry School, has organised a Great Midlands Fun Run team to run on the 1st June in honour of her late father Jim, who died in January from Multiple System Atrophy. Eighteen-year-old Alex is running to raise funds for the MSA Trust, the only charity in the UK which supports those affected by the disease. Multiple system atrophy is a totally indiscriminate fatal neurological disease that affects 3000 people in the UK. Caused by degeneration of nerve cells in several areas of the brain, this devastating disease causes problems in movement, balance and automatic body functions such as bladder and blood pressure control; ultimately resulting in the sufferer being “locked in” their own body. There is no cure for MSA. Alex, who witnessed the struggle her father went through, said: “We set up the team to raise awareness of the Trust and to make my dad proud. “The MSA Trust’s goal is to research into the disease and find a cure. Twenty pounds can supply welcome support packs to three families.” The website is –