Half marathon fundraiser in to be staged in memory of 'Uncle' Alan Morley of Fleetwood

Helen and Alan MorleyHelen and Alan Morley
Helen and Alan Morley
A half marathon will be staged next month in memory of a Fleetwood man who died earlier this year - and to raise funds for the charities which helped him.

Rosalyn Morley, 29 is organising the event after being inspired by her uncle, Alan Morley, a Fleetwood Town fan who bravely battled the debilitating disease, Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

Sadly her 'Uncle Al', of Princes Way, Larkholme, died in February this year at the age of 47, leaving behind wife Helen and their three children, Sam, Olivia and Emily.

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Rosayln and family members had planned to take part in the Great North Run in August to raise money for the MND charity and Trinity Hospice, but the event had to be called off due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But Rosalyn is still determined to raise funds for the causes and now she will stage the Alan Morley Half Marathon, from Larkholme to Blackpool, on August 22..

Around 30 of Alan’s friends and family will be walking or running from to Blackpool and back.

To support the event, Rosalyn has set up two JustGiving pages which will give people the chance to donate to either or even both of these good causes.

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Blackpool-born Rosalyn, who now lives in Wigton, Cumbria, said: "Uncle Al was such a funny, caring and brave character and we miss his quips and his humour so much.

"Three of us were planning on running the Great North Run to raise money for MNDA.

"As this can’t go ahead, we have organised our own half marathon instead.

"We are asking people to help us by donating to the pages."

It was in 2015 that Alan received the devastating diagnosis that he and Helen had been dreading, when he was told he had MND.

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They had feared the worst after he had started to stumble and drop things he was holding for no apparent reason

The specialist told him he had he would live between two and five years.

But despite eventually being confined to a wheelchair, Alan did his best to stay positive, proving a genuine inspiration and tower of strength to his family and friends.

Rosalyn added: "MND didn't stop Uncle Al and Covid won't stop us!"

People can help by donating to MNDA https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Alan-Morley-Half or Trinity Hospice https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Alan-Morley-Half-2