Runners from West Suffolk will be taking on the London Marathon on April 23 to raise cash for local and national charities.
It will be the 50th marathon for Cherie Ransom from Bury St Edmunds though it is the first time she has run London.
She said: “Someone else had this place and dropped out so it was offered to me.”
She supports Ambulance Wish Foundation UK, which is raising money for an ambulance to help grant the last wishes of terminally ill people. Cherie’s paramedic husband Mark will do a Channel Swim for them in July.
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Three people will be running for West Suffolk Hospital’s MyWiSH charity. Heather Ruff and Jill Bunch work on the stroke unit at the hospital and will raise money for stroke rehabilitation.
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The third is Simon Byford, a golf professional at Bury Golf Club whose chosen charities this year are the Macmillan unit and Rainbow ward.
Simon said: “My son spent the first six weeks of his life in and out of the Rainbow Ward and the amazing staff on the MacMillan unit have cared for many people close to me.”
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Gemma Manchett, assistant manager of Manchetts Rescue and Recovery, is running for Whizz Kidz, a charity that provides mobility equipment for disabled children.
The 25-year-old from Fornham All Saints said: “I have never been a runner before so this was a big challenge for me. It was really hard at first – I had had to start from scratch.”
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Veteran charity campaigner Gina Long, of Fornham St Martin,admits she could barely run for a minute just three months ago. Gina, and her running partner Lisa Lumley, from Risby, will be raising money for Sarcoma UK after Gina’s daughter, Ali, was diagnosed with a Myxoid Liposarcoma three years ago.
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Jo Hawes, 23, from Bury, is running the 26.2 miles for Chain of Hope, which takes heart treatment to children in developing and war-torn countries.
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For Tom Kingsnorth, from Bury, the London Marathon will be the first in his two-marathons challenge. He is also running the Snowdonia Trail Marathon in July.
Tom is raising money for YMCA Cambridge and Barbara Bus Fund which provides specially-adapted transport for service personnel with life-changing injuries to get out and about with family and friends.
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Simon Scott, 56, of Horringer and his son Alex, 28, will be joining the fight against prostate cancer by running this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon for Prostate Cancer UK in memory of his friend and colleague Joe Witherup who died from it in 2005.
Simon said: “I decided to run for Prostate Cancer UK because of the wonderful support and help the charity provides for men and their families.
“Although it took a lot of persuading from my son to sign up for my fourth marathon I am glad to be doing so. It’s a cause that is close to my heart and I want to raise as much money and awareness as possible in Joe’s name.”
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Clive Chesser, managing director for Greene King Pub Partners, will join the runners at the 37th marathon to raise funds for Greene King’s chosen national charity partner Macmillan Cancer Support.
The 48-year-old, who is based at Abbot House in Bury St Edmunds and lives in London, said: “We have been supporting the charity for five years and I have seen many of my colleagues take part in fundraising, so I wanted to do my bit to show my support. Running a marathon has always been on my bucket list.”
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Carl Walker will be running in support of Bury’s St Nicholas Hospice Care in memory of his grandfather Michael Boult who died last April.
Michael was supported by the hospice and his wife Pat, Carl’s grandmother, still receives support through its Open House sessions and Positive Living groups.
Carl, who lives in Essex, works as a scout for West Ham United’s Academy, chose the charity because he knows how much difference its help and support made to his grandmother.
Carl’s efforts and the generosity of his family and friends, Horringer WI and West Ham United mean he has already reached his fundraising target of £2,500 but if you want to boost it click here.