Over the next four months, Lewis and Laura Clifford of Milton Keynes will be covering 126 miles in an effort to raise funds for Smile Train.
Lewis and Laura’s niece, Cameron, was born with a cleft lip and palate in 2015. After seeing the impact that cleft surgeries can have first-hand, the couple looked for a way to help other children suffering with untreated clefts and became Smile Train supporters.
“We learned that untreated clefts are common across the developing world and it can cause major problems. After reading about the work that Smile Train carries out, we felt that it was the perfect cause for us to support, so we both signed up for Smile Train Team EMPOWER races,” said Lewis.
Lewis will be taking part in the London Marathon on 23 April, with the goal of raising an incredible £2,000. A reluctant Lewis said, “I ran the London Marathon in 2015, and when I crossed the line I said "never again." I meant it, but Cameron changed my mind. I'm lucky to have the opportunity to run it again to raise money for a cause that couldn't be closer to my family’s heart.”
Once Lewis completes his marathon, the fundraising baton will be passed to Laura, who signed up to take part in the Prudential Ride 100 cycle event in July. Laura will be tackling the gruelling 100 mile ride as part of Smile Train’s Team EMPOWER.
Over the past few weeks, Laura has been supporting Lewis’s marathon training by cycling alongside him during his longer runs. To return the favour, once Lewis has recovered from the London Marathon, he plans to get out on his bike and help Laura with the final stage of her training by riding alongside her.
If you would like to support Lewis and Laura’s efforts please visit their JustGiving Page. If you are interested in turning miles into smiles at London Marathon 2018 or Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, or just want to learn more, visit our Team EMPOWER race page.