A RUNNER hopes to raise £25,000 for charity by completing the gruelling London Marathon next April in memory of his father who died of cancer.
Chris Young, 43, managing director of Tattenhall based Rapid News Communications Group, has set himself the lofty fundraising target to help continue the high standards of care at the world renowned Christie Hospital in Manchester.
“It’s going to be a tall order,” said Chris, who lives in Heswall with his wife Marie.
“I’ve never done anything like this before.
“But I’ve got a fire in my belly about this because it’s close to my heart.
“I have been running for years but just for fun and for a release at the end of the day, then it came to me when I was running that I could compete in the marathon in my dad’s memory.
“Then I thought if I am going to put myself through it I may as well raise some cash.”
Chris’ dad Philip, a former Northwich pharmacist, of Highlands, Bunbury, where he lived with his wife Marianne, passed away in July aged 73 following a two year battle with lymphoma.
“Everyone knew my dad, a lot of people came to the funeral,” added Chris.
“He got a cancer called a lymphoma it’s one of the nastier cancers to get.
“It was fairly aggressive and he was being treated for a couple of years. He was suffering but all the time he was unwell he was under the treatment of Christie Hospital in Manchester.
“It’s one of the best hospitals in the world and although it is part of the NHS it relies heavily on private fund raising to be able to work on research. A lot of good stuff goes on there.”
For more information or to show your support visit www. justgiving.com/ChristopherE Young.