On the 22nd April seven local men and women will take on the challenge of the 38th Virgin London Marathon in order to raise funds for The Norfolk Hospice.

The team have dedicated the last few months to their gruelling training regimens, not helped by recent bad weather, to ensure they are ready to take on the famous 26.2 mile race.

Paul Millar, Senior Mortgages Consultant at William H Brown in Downham Market won his marathon place through a Virgin Money competition for financial advisors. He has chosen to raise money for The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House. Paul knew from his own experience how important the Hospice is to the local community, not just to patients but also their families after his mother-in-law was cared for by the Hospice last year. Paul’s winning place means that he will start the marathon alongside celebrity runners and he is particularly excited that he will be treated to ‘all you can eat and drink’ at Planet Hollywood after the race as part of his prize!

Lee Carlton, trainee Financial Advisor at Ring Associates has already run the London Marathon twice before and thought he had hung up his running shoes.  However, after his wife’s uncle was cared for by the Hospice he knew he wanted to do something to help raise money and awareness for the cause.

For many years Hunstanton and District Round Table has nominated a member to run the marathon for the Hospice and over the years they have raised over £16,000. This year Glenn Perkins will be representing the Round Table and taking on the challenge for the Hospice.

Becky Pochetty, owner of No. 4 Salon in Kings Lynn is the only female member of the Hospice’s 2018 marathon team. She set her sights on completing the marathon as a personal challenge and has decided to support a local charity at the same time.

Michael Skinner, owner of Complete Electrical Solutions is the final member of the team. Michael said of his challenge, 

Everyone needs a challenge and this is my hardest yet, but I figure that a few hours of pain on the day and some cold days training is nothing in comparison to people who require the services of this great Hospice.

Danny Manning has a close connection to the Hospice as his mum was looked after by the Hospice at Home team and his sister is now a Palliative Nursing Assistant on the same team. Danny is continuing his family’s fundraising for the Hospice after his father arranged the funding of a shelter near the Hospice pond in memory of his wife through The Norfolk Farmer’s Lodge, No. 8393.

Jack Bishop, personal trainer and founder of Maximum Results that run Bawsey Fitness Group will also be taking on the famous route.

Anyone wishing to sponsor a member of the Hospice marathon team can do here.

Lyndsay Carter, Chief Executive at The Norfolk Hospice said,

All of the runners have dedicated huge amounts of time to train for the marathon and also to raise funds for the Hospice. The London Marathon is a fantastic event to be part of and raises millions for charities across the UK, we are extremely grateful to have a team of amazing people take part on our behalf.

The Norfolk Hospice is already looking to recruit a team of runners for next year’s marathon. Anyone interested should apply for a ballot place through the London Marathon between Monday 1st May and 17:00 on Friday 5th May and contact Lindsey Atkin, Community Fundraising Manager at the Hospice.