TV star and Isle reporter join forces fundraising

Eden Taylor-Draper and Jack Marshall at the 2014 Great Manchester Run.
Eden Taylor-Draper and Jack Marshall at the 2014 Great Manchester Run.

Joining forces are a TV soap star, the Epworth Bells and an Isle teenager to help raise money for a worthy cause.

Emmerdale actress Eden Taylor-Draper, 17, who plays Belle Dingle, Bells chief reporter Stephanie Bateman, 42, and Jack Marshall, 17, from Belton have teamed up to compete in this year’s Great Manchester 10k, all in aid of Lymphoma and Leukemia Research. Also joining the trio is Eden’s dad Richard, 40.

Jack, of Green Lane, suffers from Moebius Syndrome, which means he is unable to walk unassisted, has difficulty with hearing and is unable to smile.

Over the years he has raised thousands of pounds for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research by undertaking mammoth challenges including climbing Yorkshire’s Three Peaks and taking part in junior runs.

His mum Linda said: “I think it’s absolutely amazing. This is Jack’s first big race and it’s great that people are supporting him, and it’s giving him the inspiration.

“Leukaemia touches everyone and it’s Jack’s number one charity.”

Jack will be taking part in the race on his new £3,000 specially adapted wheelchair and he has been receiving training tips from Crowle double amputee Alan Rayment.

Award winning actress Eden said: “I’ve known Jack years and to see how much he’s come on from being ten is an absolute inspiration...he’s the cheekiest chap you’ll ever meet and that’s why everyone loves him. He is an incredible boy who has such a brilliant outlook on life and I’ve never seen someone so determined to get to their goals.

“He is a great fundraiser and his mother is an absolute dream.”

She added: “It’ll be so much at the Manchester 10k. I love running with people. To be able to run with my dad and Steph will be great. it always goes quicker if you’re having a laugh.”

Steph, who has not run competitvely since being a teen, is looking forward to the challenge. She said: “I was approached by Eden’s dad, who I have known for 20 years, about taking part, and jumped at the chance. I am a little nervous but I’ve been training hard so hopefully shouldn’t let the team down. I need to thank Rock Fitness in Goole who have kindly given me use of their gym to train.”

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