Father and son marathon run helps to raise £1,151.50 for hospital charity

Pictured with a cheque for £1,151.50 is Josh Wright with his 74-year-old grandfather Ron Wright, and father Les, aged 62. Photo: My WiSH Charity.

Super fundraiser Josh Wright has been at it again boosting the funds of the My WiSH hospital charity by taking part in a marathon run round Bury St Edmunds with his father Les.

The pair made a circuit of the town in four hours 30 minutes as part of the virtual London Marathon ending up through the Moreton Hall Estate, onto Rougham and crossing the “finishing line” in Thurston, where his grandfather Ron lives.

The money raised is being directed towards the Macmillan Unit, at the West Suffolk Hospital, where his grandmother Christa was treated.

She suffered from cancer and the family lost the 68-year-old last October with the run taking place close to the anniversary of her death and with a total of £1,151.50 raised.

That takes the total amount of money raised by Josh to £4,213.52 for My WiSH Charity following another marathon back in 2019 along with a 24-hour gaming marathon. He then did 13 half marathons last year followed by a full marathon for the charity’s Butterfly Appeal.

The 27-year-old, who lives in Bury St Edmunds and who works as a health and safety consultant at HS Direct on the Moreton Hall Industrial Estate, said the latest run was in memory of his grandmother and it was poignant that they finished it in the village where she lived.

“We ran it as the same time as the London Marathon in the capital and we did a full circuit of the town before completing it in Thurston. Running for four hours was not too bad and we went over the line together.

“Christa was in the West Suffolk Hospital and was ill for a while and took a turn for the worse in the middle of the coronavirus lockdown last year. We are a very close knit family and my grandfather wanted the money we raised to go towards the ward where she was treated as the care she received was fantastic.”

Josh added: “I think this last year and more has bought forward how much we all cherish the NHS and how much we need to help it and enhance it, which is exactly what My WiSH do.”

Sally Daniels, fundraising manager for My WiSH, has supported Josh through all his fundraising ventures and said: “Josh is an amazing fundraiser, he’s been supportive of our work for so long but this fundraiser obviously was a far more personal challenge. Thank you to to Les for running this marathon for his mum.

“Les has been behind Josh for all his running challenges and we know he couldn’t have done them without the support of his dad. They are a fantastic family and we are excited to hear what the next challenge will be as we know Josh has already got his thinking cap on.”

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