West Lothian siblings smash charity target after going on the run

Two West Lothian siblings have conquered the Edinburgh Marathon Festival’s 2k run in support of the National Deaf Children’s Society.

West Calder brother and sister Jamie Farquhar (10) and Cerys Firth (11) took on the picturesque course, which followed Queen’s Drive in the shadow of Salisbury Crags, on May 25.

Jamie and Cerys smashed their original fundraising target, with £750 raised for the charity, which supports the UK’s 50,000 deaf children and their families.

The youngsters chose to run for the National Deaf Children’s Society because they have been affected by deafness in their families.

Jamie was born deaf and now wears hearing aids,

Jamie and Cerys live in West Calder with their parents Carrie-Ann and Callum and other siblings Emma and Erin.

Jamie said: “I chose the National Deaf Children’s Society because I love the activities I do with them and I want to keep that going for other deaf children.

“It felt amazing to finish, it felt great getting the medal. The thought of the medal kept me going. I tripped over a bar near the end, it was funny! I’m just really proud of how much we raised.”

Cerys added: “I ran for the National Deaf Children’s Society because my little brother is deaf. It felt amazing to get to the finish line. We both tripped up at the end! I knew I had to finish because if I didn’t, I’d have let lots of people down. I was doing it for Jamie.”

Tamsin Bayliss, who supports fundraisers for the National Deaf Children’s Society, said: “I want to say a huge thank you to Jamie, and Cerys for taking on this challenge for us. Conquering the Edinburgh Marathon Festival’s 2k run was a great achievement and we’re very proud of you.

“The National Deaf Children’s Society is dedicated to supporting the UK’s 50,000 deaf children and their families. The efforts of selfless fundraisers like Jamie, Cerys and Mila will help us to keep on doing our vital work, now and into the future.”

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