UWE student raises £1,500 for BRACE in London Marathon
Kindhearted student Jamie Tippett has raised more than £1,500 for BRACE after running last week’s London Marathon.
The 21-year-old finished the 26-mile race in a very respectable three hours and 50 minutes despite hitting the dreaded “wall” after 19 miles.
Jamie, who is currently a second year biomedical student at the University of the West of England (UWE), wanted to raise money for BRACE, because it funds leading edge dementia research in the South West.
He said, “My motivation was to raise money for a local charity and I really respect the groundbreaking research that BRACE does and I know that any money raised will be put to good use.
“I hope to go on to study medicine and then specialise in neurology so I know just how much this research money is desperately needed to help beat this disease.”
Jamie admits that the crowd at last week’s marathon helped him cross the finishing line in under four hours.
He added, “I hit the wall at the 19th mile but the atmosphere was brilliant and people cheered you on the whole way round so I battled through it.
“My family and friends were great they all came down to cheer me on – it was a truly inspiring day.
“If I’m honest I wanted to do it a little faster, but with more than 35,000 people running it did get a little crowded at times!”
Mark Poarch, Chief Executive of BRACE, congratulated Jamie on his marathon achievement.
He said, “It’s people like Jamie who go the extra mile, or 26, that help us continue to fund much needed research into Alzheimer’s and dementia.
“The money he has raised will help fund our scientists so they are one step closer to beating this devastating illness.”