Burnley workers to run for sick children

Jonathan Irvine who works at Futaba Tenneco in training for the Edinburgh half-marathon for Donna's Dream House.
Jonathan Irvine who works at Futaba Tenneco in training for the Edinburgh half-marathon for Donna's Dream House.

Two workers at a Burnley car parts manufacturer are preparing to pound the streets of Edinburgh to raise money for a children’s charity.

Jonathan Irvine, son of Clarets legend Willie Irvine, and Andy Higginson, who both work at Futaba-Tenneco, in Liverpool Road, will take part in the 13-mile Edinburgh Half Marathon on May 26th in aid of Donna’s Dream House, based in Blackpool.

Jonathan said: “We wanted to do something for Donna’s Dream House because, as fathers ourselves, the work they do makes you appreciate how fortunate we are.

“To raise money for this charity and help them support the children and families so badly affected is very worthwhile and we just hope we can raise enough to make a difference to ease even one child’s suffering.

“We are travelling up to Edinburgh by train on Saturday morning and staying in a youth hostel in a 30-bed dormitory.

“The race is on Sunday morning so it will be a quiet night on the Saturday, although I can’t make any promises on Sunday night. That’s if we can actually walk after the 13.1 miles.

“We really appreciate all the support from our friends and families, and in particular the staff and shop floor members from Futaba-Tenneco who have helped us raise a significant amount of money for our cause which is at current count, almost £700.”

Donna’s Dream House was set up in 1996 by the parents of Donna Curtis, who died aged just 20 and had spent the final four years of her life fighting cancer.

During this time she had seen the suffering of many terminally ill children and it was her final wish to see them live a little more happily in the time they had left, which is when Donna’s Dream House was born.

The Edinburgh Half Marathon will see thousands of competitors decend on the Scottish Capital over the Bank Holiday weekend.

To sponsor Jonathan and Andy visit www.justgiving.com/Team-Futaba-Tenneco.