Cash will fulfil eight-year-old’s ‘lemons’ wish

Alex Allen took part in the games watched by his proud parents.
Alex Allen took part in the games watched by his proud parents.

A runner’s London Marathon effort will enable a charity to grant the wish of an eight-year-old boy from Hailsham.

Fifty-three-year-old master butcher Julien Pursglove, from Heathfield, who ran the Virgin London Marathon on the April 21, raised funds for the Starlight Children’s Foundation, a national charity that grants wishes for children with serious and terminal illnesses.

The money will also go towards fulfilling the dream of little Alex Allen, who was born with dilated cardiomyopathy, a type of heart disease.

Alex’s condition has made him very unwell and until recently he missed out on a lot as a result of his illness.

He recently underwent a heart transplant, which required several months in hospital.

Alex’s great love in life is lemons. After learning the fruit isn’t grown in the UK, he decided he wanted to go to a hot country with his family where he can finally pick some real lemons from a tree and eat as much of them as he wants.

After completing the 26.2 mile challenge with a time of 05:52:59, Julien has raised enough funds to not only make Alex’s Starlight dream come true, but has helped to support the charity in its mission to bring a happy distraction to lots of poorly children throughout the UK.

PICTURED: Alex Allen