Aunt runs London Marathon for Burnley boy (1) with rare medical condition

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THE aunt of a brave Burnley tot who is not expected to reach his second birthday ran the London Marathon to raise more than £8,000 for an epilepsy charity.

One-year-old Joshua Hill, who lives in Padiham Road with parents Anthony and Carrie and sister Amelia, suffers from Ohtahara Syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy which causes between 10 and 20 seizures a day.

CLARETS boss Eddie Howe and players Chris McCann and Charlie Austin pay a visit to brave Joshua HIll and his parents, Anthony and Carrie. (s)

CLARETS boss Eddie Howe and players Chris McCann and Charlie Austin pay a visit to brave Joshua HIll and his parents, Anthony and Carrie. (s)

He has to receive food and oxygen via a tube and needs round-the-clock care.

His aunt Gail Hill (39), who lives in Cheshire, completed the 26-mile challenge for Joshua and to raise funds for Epilepsy Action.

Gail, who finished the course in three hours 40 minutes, said: “I’m thrilled to have completed the London Marathon for Epilepsy Action. The course was tough at times, but knowing I was doing it for such a fantastic cause really helped me focus on reaching the finish.”

Last month Joshua was paid a visit by Clarets boss Eddie Howe and players Chris McCann and Charlie Austin.

The family have also raised money for Derian House Children’s Hospice in Chorley.