A keen runner who has set up a club that benefits the Hospice of St Francis is also taking on this year’s London Marathon in aid of the charity.
Berkhamsted solicitor Paul Owen, who already hosts running club session with proceeds going to the good cause, has secured a place in April’s famous 26-mile running event.
The 46 year old dad-of-two, has already completed 52 marathons and ultra-marathons but had fought shy of raising donations for many years - until his brother Michael died in a hospice.
“The quality of the care and compassion my brother and our family received made a huge difference at a time when it was needed the most,” said Paul, a partner at Sumner and Tabor and an English Athletics running coach. “The free support they give to those who are going through the most difficult experience they’ll ever face is something we’ll forever be grateful for. It’s an experience which has convinced me that I need to give something back.”
The hospice is currently recruiting runners for other events including the Berkhamsted half marathon and fun run on Sunday, March 2 and The Great North Run in September.
Fundraisers can get running fit by joining Paul’s club with varying routes through Berkhamsted on Wednesdays at 9.30am. There are also runs on Mondays at 9.30am and Saturdays at 7am. It costs £3 for one run or £5 for two or more in a week. Contact Paul on 01442 872311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To sponsor his marathon effort visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PaulOwen5
For more on hospice challenges contact the fundraising team on 01442 869555 or email email@example.com