Great North Run: A family affair

Ellis Kerton, Stewart Kerton and Ebb Kerton.
Ellis Kerton, Stewart Kerton and Ebb Kerton.

Three generations of the same family will be taking on the Great North Run to raise money for a charity supporting a progressive disorder.

Ebb Kerton, 67, his son Stewart Kerton, 38, and granddaughter Ellis Kerton, 17, will be running the half-marathon to collect funds for the Huntington’s Disease Association. The family say it is a cause which is close to their heart.

Ebb, from High Hauxley, said: “We want to raise money for the charity and raise awareness of the disease.

“It is a dreadful disease, but not that many people know about it.”

Huntington’s disease, which is often called HD, is an hereditary disorder of the central nervous system.

As the disease progresses, suffers can experience symptoms such as involuntary movements, difficulty in speech and swallowing and weight loss.

There is currently no cure for Huntington’s disease. Medication, including antidepressants, can manage some of the symptoms.

Ebb and Stewart, also from High Hauxley, have done the run before, while it the first time that Ellis, from Amble, has taken to the start-line.

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