Christopher is pulling on his running shoes for marathon in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care

A fundraiser ready to put in the miles for a local hospice is hoping his first London Marathon will raise much-needed funds for his chosen charity.

Christopher Poulding, who lives in Thurston, will join thousands of others on Sunday, April 22, at the start line for this year’s London Marathon.

Christopher has chosen to complete the 26.2-mile challenge in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care, a charity that has special significance to him as his mother-in-law works there.

He said: “I have always been aware of the hospice and the work it does because of the work my mother-in-law does there. When I decided to do the marathon I really wanted it to make a difference to a local charity which is why I chose the hospice. It is one of those charities that everyone probably has a connection to.”

A keen runner, Christopher has been busy training over the last few months, and although he has hit a ‘few bumps in the road’ and picked up a couple of injuries he is looking forward to the day.

“I am looking forward to it. I am looking forward to soaking up the atmosphere and being part of the event. It will be a challenge, but it’s such an iconic route and I am excited. I am not looking for a really quick time, I will just be happy to finish,” said Christopher.

Waiting at the finish line for Christopher will be his family, who will be there to give him an extra cheer.

All of the funds Christopher raises will go to the charity, which cares for and supports those across West Suffolk and Thetford at the end of their lives.

So far, he has raised around £2,500, but he hopes to be able to add to this total. If you would like to support Christopher, you can do so here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/christopher-poulding

Charlie De-Moore, hospice events fundraiser, said: “We are so grateful that Christopher has chosen to raise funds for us.

“I know he has been training hard for the event and every single penny he raises will not only help us to continue caring for our patients but also help us to keep on supporting their families and loved ones when they need it too.”

For those looking for their next challenge in aid of a good cause, the hospice is on the lookout for runners willing to pull on their trainers and take part in Ipswich’s Great East Run.

The half marathon will take place on Sunday, September 16, and those who gain a charity spot will need to raise a minimum of £300 in sponsorship.

Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, and if you’re interested in taking part please contact Charlie by emailing charlie.de-moore@stnh.org.uk or telephoning 01284 715599.

Pictured above is Christopher Poulding who will be raising money for St Nicholas Hospice Care when he takes on the London Marathon later this month.

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