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Fund inspires largest half marathon entry for ten years

THIS Sunday's Wycombe Half Marathon will have the largest field for more than ten years as runners queue up to raise money for the lorry crash appeal.

More than 1,400 runners will line up on The Rye in High Wycombe at 9.30am. Organiser Alex Johnson said there was a surge of entries after he made the Bucks Free Press/Aitchisons appeal for the children of Sally Jamieson and Maggie Doel the official charity for this year's event. The two women died in the town centre crash in June

There were so many entrants that extra medals have had to be ordered for finishers. Around £3,000 has been raised for the appeal. Staff at the social club in Sword House on Totteridge Avenue have organised a fancy dress ball on August 3.

Jenny Bryant, an organiser, said: "Everyone was so shocked by what had happened we thought we should organise something."

Staff at the Woolwich, in White Hart Street, sold doughnuts and held a non-uniform day with an American theme on July 4, American Independence Day.

Aitchison's estate agents says it could be several months before its Easton Street office is rebuilt, following the lorry crash. The business is currently operating from a temporary office on the ground floor of the Aitchison Raffety group headquarters at 8 High Street.

The firm's partners say they have been overwhelmed by messages of support from clients and colleagues. Maggie Doel was one of their negotiators. Appeal donations should be made payable to 'Doel and Jamieson Fund - Ref MNE' and sent to James Clements, Bucks Free Press, Gomm Road, High Wycombe, HP13 7DW.

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