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London Marathon in memory of student's baby

posted 9 Mar 2018, 09:33 by Timothy Williams   [ updated 9 Mar 2018, 09:34 ]
A teacher is running the London Marathon in memory of a former student’s baby.

Alec Laing, assistant vice principal at Nightingale Academy, in Edmonton, is taking on the mammoth task in support of the Annabelle Rose Foundation.

The charity is dedicated to providing help and support to families affected by spinal muscular atrophy, which is the biggest genetic killer in babies.

It was set up by Wayne and Charlotte Burfitt, of Stansted, whose daughter died at the age of seven months due to the genetic muscle wasting condition.

Mrs Burfitt, who was taught by Mr Laing at Burnt Mill Academy in Harlow, said: “The Annabelle Rose Foundation is such a small charity, so when someone offers to do something special for us it is deeply appreciated. It means so much when someone comes along and you know they really want to help, to be able to make a difference.

“We are so honoured Alec is running the London Marathon in memory of Annabelle and to support our charity - what an amazingly selfless thing to do. We will be there cheering him on. We are very proud and thankful.”

Mr Laing, who also taught Mr Burfitt, said: “The charity does amazing work to help improve the life of babies while suffering from the condition and, in some cases, makes memories for the children and their families.

“The Annabelle Rose Foundation needs your help, so please dig deep and help me to raise money for them. Anything you can manage, even a couple of pounds will all mount up and would be greatly appreciated.”

To sponsor Mr Laing for the marathon in April, visit

To find out more about the charity, visit