INTREPID Darren Hodgson is really going that extra mile by running the ASICS Greater Manchester marathon in Trafford on Sunday 19 April 2015.
Darren, 41, from Thirsk is taking on this mammoth challenge in memory of his dad – Tom Hodgson – who passed away at the Lambert Memorial Community Hospital in Thirsk, five years ago in May 2010.
Darren always wanted to do something to say thank you to the hospital’s welcoming, supportive and caring staff that looked after his dad, for being so accommodating and understanding, and in recognition of such a valuable facility in Thirsk.
A Thirsk man born and bred – Darren’s dad Tom spent over 20 years of his life visiting patients and staff at the Lambert every Sunday while delivering newspapers and Darren felt this was a fitting tribute.
He is hoping to raise £2,620, the equivalent of £100 per gruelling mile of the 26 mile 385 yard marathon. The Manchester marathon is the flattest in the UK with a superfast course, great entertainment and crowd support – which finishes at Manchester United Football Club.
Darren said: “I have decided to dedicate my first (and probably last) marathon to raise funds for the Lambert Memorial Hospital in order to help them give other people like my Dad the very best of care and comfort, when they need it the most.
“If you’re a Thirsk person, you quite possibly knew my Dad. You probably also know someone who has received great care at the Lambert. So please give generously. If neither of these apply then you may know me – so why not do a friend a favour and make a donation.”
Suzi Campbell from South Tees Hospitals Charity Said: “We wish Darren good luck with the marathon and much appreciate his efforts which will benefit future patients at the hospital.”
If you would like to sponsor Darren you can do so via his just giving page – https://www.justgiving.com/Darren-Hodgson2/ or by sending a text donation to 70070 then in message add this code DMCH75 plus the amount you would like to donate up to £10 in figures.