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Newark granddad honoured with half marathon fundraiser in his memory

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The son and granddaughter of a Newark man who died of sepsis are running the London Landmarks Half-marathon in his memory.

Megan Turner, originally from Newark, is running her first charity half-marathon with her dad Dave to raise money for the UK Sepsis Trust.

It is a central London-based route with the aim to raise money for good causes.

Megan's granddad Valentine Trueblood.
Megan's granddad Valentine Trueblood.

Megan said: “I’ve always wanted to do something for the Sepsis Trust and the half-marathon gives a lot of recognition to the charity.”

Megan’s granddad Valentine Trueblood lost his battle to sepsis in November 2016.

He was a well-known joiner and avid fisherman in Newark and Balderton.

Megan said: “He was really kind and easy to get along with.”

After her granddad’s death, Megan discovered sepsis killed 48,000 people a year in the UK and was still widely misunderstood.

The UK Sepsis Trust says the condition is a bodily reaction to infection where symptoms initially present as flu like but can rapidly deteriorate and become life threatening. It’s goal is to end preventable deaths from sepsis and improve outcomes for survivors.

The dad and daughter duo have set a £700 fundraising target on their JustGiving page.

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