Aliki Chrysochou (2)A Britain’s Got Talent star who was described by Simon Cowell as “incredible” and “stunning” is running the Virgin Money London Marathon as one of its Celebrity Runners to raise awareness of a devastating brain condition that left her immobile and unable to speak.

Aliki Chrysochou, 29, contracted Encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain, whilst a student in Sheffield, but recovered to wow the judges on Britain’s Got Talent, where she was a semi-finalist in 2013, with her composure, courage, and beautiful singing.

The devastation that Encephalitis wreaked upon her and her family was immense and Aliki lost all capacity for co-ordination, speech and movement. She was unable to take care of herself and her mother, Debbie, fed her, bathed her and took care of her every personal need. After months of medical care Aliki eventually began the road to recovery and music became the conduit for her recovery.  Aliki is now an Ambassador for The Encephalitis Society and she will be running the marathon to raise funds for its work.

It was after this that Aliki, originally from Cyprus, decided to provide hope and inspiration for other people affected by Encephalitis. Aliki commented “I am very excited about running the marathon. When I said I would run the marathon I didn’t know how many kilometres it was but having said yes it’s all or nothing for me!  I’m very excited now, the training is going well, and I’ll make my friends, family, sponsors and everyone affected by Encephalitis proud of me”.

Chief Executive of The Encephalitis Society, Dr Ava Easton, said “Aliki is an inspiration providing hope to the thousands of people affected every year by Encephalitis.  We always encourage people to never give up hope and I know Aliki will be running for every one of them.  We hope people will show their support for her.”

See Aliki in preparation for the marathon and talking about Encephalitis;