Great North run: Congratulations to Lucy Downham

Sun,7 September 2014

Disability Rights UK would like to congratulate Lucy Downham on completing this year's Great North Run

Jack Ashley

Lucy is the niece of Jack Ashley and she ran, on behalf of Disability Rights UK, in memory of what he achieved in his lifetime.

Jack Ashley was the MP for Stoke-on-Trent South for 26 years from 1966 to 1992 and subsequently sat in the House of Lords. He was profoundly deaf from the age of 45 and became a long-time campaigner for disabled people.

He set up the all-party parliamentary disability group (APPDG) in 1969 and later worked closely as chair of the group with Radar, one of Disability Rights UK’s legacy organisations.

Lucy said: 

“I am delighted to run on behalf of Disability Rights UK as I know how much it meant to Uncle Jack and how much work he put into fighting for disabled people’s rights.”

You can read more about Lucy’s story and also still donate online at

The Great North Run took place on Sunday 7th September 2014. The distance to run is 13.1 miles.

You can view Lucy's result at