Nicki from Exmouth to run two marathons for centre which helps her dad

PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 March 2016 | UPDATED: 21:24 26 March 2016

Nicki with her 'inspirational' dad Robert.

Nicki with her 'inspirational' dad Robert.


A strong-willed Exmouth woman is running two marathons for the South West Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre in Exeter for her ‘inspirational’ father.

The therapy centre aims to help people manage their condition.

Nicki Maskell, 28, a nurse at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, is running the Brighton Marathon and London Marathon next month.

Nicki’s father, Robert, was diagnosed 20 years ago with multiple sclerosis, a neurological condition which affects 100,000 people in the UK.

Proud mum Anna, 56, of Evergreen Close, said: “Robert has been involved with the South West Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre for a number of years. He still goes out to work and is a fully functioning member of society.

“Nicki ran a marathon in the Netherlands in Amsterdam and raised £1,300 last year.

“My daughter is just so strong and brave – last year she had a nasty accident and hurt her knee, but she was back running the Exeter’s Great West Run in eight weeks.

“She got into running at university. Nicki has a running buddy and they go out together. Both my brothers are former marathon runners, so it runs in the family.

“She has applied to go into the draft for the London Marathon every year, but hasn’t been successful.

“However, the South West Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre managed to allocate her a place after she agreed to run the Brighton Marathon - and she has decided to do the two marathons back-to-back.

“Nicki wants to raise £1,000 for the charity, which relies on donations and gets no support from the Government.”

If you would like to donate, or for more information about Nicki’s campaign, visit Alternatively, for more information about the South West Multiple Sclerosis Centre, visit

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