Marathon death will not deter charity from taking part

The Motor Neurone Disease Association will continue to send runners to the London Marathon despite the death of one of its fundraisers following this year's event.

David Rogers, 22, collapsed after completing the marathon on Sunday and died in hospital on Monday morning. Rogers decided to run for MND after losing both his grandfather and a football manager friend to the disease. His cause of death has not been officially released.

Sarah Fitzgerald from the Motor Neurone Disease Association said that staff and volunteers had been devastated by Rogers' death. "This is obviously a terrible but very rare event," she said. "The marathon remains a great fundraising opportunity and we will continue to support runners who want to take part on our behalf."

Anyone wishing to make a donation as a tribute to David can do so via his Just Giving account: www.justgiving.com/drogers

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