A local businessman has had his hair dyed in the colours of his chosen charity ready for his run in the London Marathon.
Nicklaus Streeter, 37, of Barkston, is running the marathon for the first time to raise funds for Coeliac UK. On Monday he had his hair dyed blue by James Meadows who runs Bladerunner in Grantham.
Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease caused by intolerance to gluten. There is no cure or medication for the condition. The only treatment is a lifelong, strict gluten-free diet.
Nicklaus, who has run several marathons before, said: “My cousin, Emma, will not mind me saying she isn’t much of a runner at all.
“However, she made the most important run of her daughter - and my goddaughter - Imogen’s life, by running with her to the local surgery when she was extremely poorly. At this point her diagnosis started and treatment and help followed up until the present day. With the correct diet the beautiful Imogen is fit and healthy and will stay so.
“I am delighted to be running the London Marathon for Coeliac UK this year. I have raised more than £1,000 to date and hope to break £1,500 come the big day. I am very happy to do my bit to raise awareness of coeliac disease by running the London Marathon.
“If it means that just one more person thinks that it’s worth getting tested as a result then that would be fantastic!”
To sponsor Nicklaus, go to www.justgiving.com/Nicklaus-streeter1 or you can text your donation by texting NIMY77£ followed by the amount to 70070
Coeliac UK’s Awareness Week is taking place from May 11 to 17.