MP’s wife puts running shoes on for good cause

Mr and Mrs Bone
Mr and Mrs Bone

The wife of the MP for Wellingborough and Rushden has raised money for a charity which is dear to her heart by taking part in the Great North Run.

Jennie Bone, who is married to Conservative MP Peter, joined more than 40,000 other runners participating in the popular event on Sunday, September 16.

She ran in aid of Bowel Cancer UK, a charity which is close to her heart after being diagnosed with severe bowel and liver cancer 10 years ago.

The views of Mrs Bone are often aired, through her husband, at Prime Minister’s Questions and Mr Bone often asks questions of the Prime Minister on behalf of his wife, citing her as the true voice of the people.

A keen runner, she completed the 13.1 mile Great North Run in one hour, 58 minutes and 53 seconds.

She has collected just over £1,000 in sponsorship money for the charity so far, but there is still time for people to donate to the fund.

Mrs Bone said: “I enjoy running and I try to run every day. There was a great atmosphere on Sunday and it was very humbling to read all of the messages on the backs of people’s shirts about who they were running for.

“I would like to thank everyone who has donated. I have been overwhelmed by all the support I have received. The MPs have all been very kind and supportive.”

Mr Bone supported his wife’s sporting effort. He said: “Having trained for 10 miles each day, Mrs Bone has not had the energy to pass on her helpful suggestions to the Prime Minster. While this has been bad news for democracy, it has been slightly better news for the Coalition.

“What many people do not know is that 10 years ago she was diagnosed with severe bowel and liver cancer. Thanks to the dedication, skill and professionalism of all the doctors and nurses who treated her, and in particular an exceptional GP and consultant, she has thankfully made a full recovery.”

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