A Tattershall mum has founded a charity to raise awareness of rare medical condition hypospadias, after her son was diagnosed with it.
Lisa McClintock created Team Hippo last month to raise awareness of the condition which her son, Ben, now aged six, was born with.
One in every 300 boys born in the UK has the condition which affects the development of the urethra.
To promote awareness of hypospadias Lisa will be running the Mablethorpe half marathon on Sunday October 6.
Lisa said: “I wanted to do something where I had to train and push myself. I didn’t just want to ask people for money.
“Although I’ll admit I’m not feeling overly confident at the moment”.
Mablethorpe will be Lisa’s first half marathon but running every step of the way with her will be Barry Douce, her brother, who entered the event two years ago.
This year, however, he will be running the marathon dressed as Hypo Hippo, the charity’s mascot, It is hoped that he will set a Guinness world record for Team Hippo by being the fastest hippo-doctor to run a half marathon.
Team Hippo was initially set up to promote the children’s book, Hypospadias Hippopotamus, which aims to help children understand their condition and was co-written by Lisa.
Money raised through the run will help fund the book’s illustration and publication.
Team Hippo will be holding a fundraising event, together with SANDS, at The Petwood Hotel on December 15.
The charity offers emotional support and advice to parents and families whose children have the condition, something which is not currently provided by the NHS.
To find out how to sponsor Lisa or to learn more about hypospadias visit www.lcmcclintockblog.wordpress.com.