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Kelly Collier's story

Kelly-and-her-son-joeInspired by her six year old son’s daily struggle with juvenile idiopathic arthritis Kelly Collier, from Durham ran the 2016 Great North Run for Arthritis Research UK on the 11th September 2016 as well as completing the Virgin Money London Marathon back in April.  

Kelly has raised £4,714.00 this year to help the charity to fund world-class research into arthritis, a condition that affects 10 million people in the UK and causes debilitating pain and fatigue.

Kelly Collier says:

“I had no idea that arthritis affected children too or that it could be so debilitating. My Joe is no ordinary boy - he has been so brave and positive throughout all of his treatment. He just takes everything that’s thrown at him, no complaining, always smiling and trying to get one over on his brothers!”

"He has been so brave and positive throughout all of his treatment."

Kelly Collier“Arthritis Research UK has been an invaluable source of information and comfort for me during a time when I felt quite alone and clueless as to what was happening to my little boy. That’s why I am honoured to be raising funds for the charity as it will help fund vital research to help children like my son.”

Last weekend Kelly and 84 other Team A runners took to the streets of Newcastle to complete the Great North Run in support of Arthritis Research UK. With crowds of supporters and Mo Farah leading the way to 56,000 runners there is no forgetting why this is event still after 36 years retains the title of ‘the world’s favourite half marathon’.

If like Kelly, you would like to take part in the Great North Run and support those effected by arthritis click here and register for your place for 2017.

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Arthritis Research UK fund research into the cause, treatment and cure of arthritis. You can support Arthritis Research UK by volunteering, donating or visiting our shops.