Businesses help Guy with his marathon effort

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A MAN who will run the Virgin London Marathon 2012 in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care says he has been ‘overwhelmed’ by the support of businesses in Bury St Edmunds.

“Even in these times of economic hardship, the local community’s support of St Nicholas Hospice knows no bounds – the level of generosity has been staggering,” said Guy Hutchins, who has organised a raffle to help raise the charity’s race entry fee, for which a minimum of £2,000 is needed.

Businesses in and around Bury have already donated more than 50 prizes, ranging from bed and breakfast stays at the Dunston Hall Hotel and Tuddenham Mill to meals at The Angel, Ravenwood Hall and Maison Bleue.

Mr Hutchins said the prizes alone must be worth around £2,000.

He knows first-hand of the ‘tremendous work’ the hospice does as staff there cared for his father, Peter Hutchins, before his death six years ago.

“I was touched by their warmth, kindness, dedication and unending commitment, not only to the patients but to the family as well,” he said.

Although the 43-year-old, from Moreton Hall, completed the Great North Run in September, April’s event will be his first marathon. But he is not fazed by the prospect of running 26.2 miles.

He said: “Although it’s really tiring, the crowds and great atmosphere keep your spirits up and, besides, I’ve wanted to give something back to the hospice for taking care of my dad when he needed it most – a little discomfort is a small price to pay.”

The raffle draw will be Suffolk Golf and Country Club, in Fornham St Genevieve, Bury, on February 18.

To get tickets for the prize draw, donate online at www.justgiving.com/guyz2012

There will be one ticket allocated per £1 donation.

To donate prizes, or to buy £5 tickets to the night’s party, email Mr Hutchins at guyz2012@yahoo.com

Winning raffle tickets will be on Facebook, at ‘Guyz Hospice Fund Raising,’ where the full collection of prizes can be seen.