Disabled Islands’ Woman Says Fundraisers Are Heroes

judy purkiss runJudy Purkiss has described the two St Mary’s fire-fighters, who ran a 44-mile ultra marathon on Saturday to raise money for her travel fund, as her heroes.

Dave Mumford and Billy Jackman completed the gruelling run in 10 hours and 10 minutes to raise cash for Judy’s travel fund.

She lives Devon but Judy’s disability means the Civil Aviation Authority requires her to travel on a stretcher. As all seats have to be removed, that charter flight can cost thousands of pounds.

Dave and Billy ran through thunder and lightning at the 6.30am start of Saturday’s run and then faced extreme heat at the finish, where they met Judy and some family members.

The toughest section was between Lamorna and the Minack where they were tackling almost vertical steps.

Some islands’ friends travelled over to cheer the men on and feed them flapjacks.

Judy will be returning home on the 19th June on a flight funded by the hospital League of Friends. The current fundraising, which has raised almost £4,000, will pay for her Christmas visit.

Judy’s mum Jenny says the men have undertaken, “a most amazing thing” and the fundraising says a lot for Scilly and the community, in that we can pull together and do so much.

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