A BUTCHER is staking his hopes on reaching the finishing line to support the charity Children with Leukaemia.
Father-of-three Paul Jones, of Whitby, is getting his running shoes on to complete his second Flora London Marathon on April 26.
Paul, who works at Sainsbury's, Ellesmere Port and Cheerbrook Farm Shop, Nantwich, was spurred on to help the charity after a friend’s child died of a brain tumour some years ago.
Fitness fanatic Paul, 45, said: “That played a part, but I’m also the father of three children and would hope that if they were ill someone would do the same for them.
“I’m lucky enough to have three healthy children and that makes me want to help others out there who aren’t so lucky.”
A bag-packing day at Sainsbury's – enlisting the help of daughters Katie, 15, Jess, 13 and 10-year-old Sam – a car boot sale and a money tin at the farm shop are just some of the fundraising ideas that Paul hopes will help him reach his £3,000 target,
He said: “Last time I was a late entry and raised £1,500 in six weeks.
“This time round I’m noticing the credit crunch is having an affect on donations, people are struggling but we’ll do the best we can do.”
Paul is also determined to smash his previous time of five hours, and runs miles in training most days.
Children with Leukaemia is the UK's leading charity dedicated exclusively to fighting Britain's biggest childhood cancer.
Each year, approximately 500 children are diagnosed with leukaemia in the UK.
To sponsor Paul, call 020 7404 0808, email www.leukaemia.org or go to firstname.lastname@example.org