A CHEMIST from Drongan has raised more than £6,000 for charity.

Deborah Beaton ran the London Marathon in aid of the Scottish Huntington’s Association (SHA) after her sister Donna was diagnosed with the condition.

Huntington’s disease is a degenerative neurological condition which can result in someone requiring 24hr care. The complex condition typically begins to develop between the ages of 30 and 50.

Deborah’s sister was diagnosed in 2012 and she felt it has been difficult for her and her partner.

“She was displaying symptoms from a young age, since her 20’s she was always clumsy and knocking things over. She is now wheelchair bound and it is a daily struggle for her and her partner Roan, I know the support they get from the SHA is invaluable so I just wanted to raise as much money as I could,” said Deborah, who now lives in London.

After having a rest next year, Deborah is hoping to be back on the fundraising trail for London 2020.

“I had an amazing experience running the London marathon, as a runner it was a lifetime ambition of mine,” she added.

“The atmosphere on the day was fantastic and the support from the crowd was unbelievable and really kept me going when things became tough. I’m very grateful to everyone who sponsored me and helped me in raising so much money for such a great cause, I’m particularly grateful to my employer Butterworth Laboratories for their donation.”