SUNDERLAND’S three female MPs are backing a Wearside entrepreneur’s bid to raise money towards fighting the illness that nearly killed her dad.
Alison Machin, of Fulwell, was inspired to turn her life around after father Tom suffered heart failure last year.
The health scare prompted her to quit her job and set up a new company and now she is hitting the city’s streets in training for the redspottedhanky.com Sunderland City 10k, on Sunday, June, 26.
She has now been given the backing of politicians Julie Elliott, Sharon Hodgson and Bridget Phillipson.
Alison, whose company Think Differently About Ltd runs workshops to increase people’s motivation and self-esteem, is raising money for the British Heart Foundation by doing the race.
Alison, mum to Elliot, four, and Samuel, two, said: “I made a lot of major changes in my life last year.
“Dad’s heart problems acted as a real wake-up call for me and I looked at every aspect of my life.”
She added: “Running has become a really important part of my life and I feel so much healthier and full of energy and drive as a result of taking up the sport.
“The Sunderland City 10k really appealed to me. The distance is a challenge, but not too daunting, and I’m sure that I will have a real sense of achievement when I finish.
“I’d certainly recommend it as an option to anyone who is thinking about trying out running as a way of keeping fit.”
Sharon, MP for Sunderland West, said: “Alison is truly an inspiration. She’s aiming for under 60 minutes this year and I’ve every confidence she will succeed.
“I wish her and all the other runners the very best of luck and good health.”