Carl Clark

Did you know that running a marathon burns around 2,500 calories – which in beer-terms, equates to about 13 pints? (not that I looked it up.)

Those of you who know me will know that going home to train after work “most” nights hasn’t been easy for me, and it’s been difficult resisting the offer of a “quick pint”. But in just over a month’s time, I’ll be running the London Marathon 2016 to raise money for Haven House children’s hospice, an extremely inspirational charity who do an amazing job of looking after poorly children. I hope that they’ll be able to buy just some of these wonderful gifts to bring happiness to them with the money I hope to raise:

• £15 would buy a sensory toy for use in their toy home loan service or in hospice play
• £35 could pay for a 1 hour session in their dedicated sensory room
• £50 is the cost of a hand designed page in their memory book in honour of a child who has died at the hospice
• £75 could pay for a buddies session – their buddies are the brothers and sisters of the children who use the hospice
• £160 pays for 1 hour of care at the hospice
• £500 could be used for a course of preventative physio which helps to keep the children mobile for longer
• £3,835 could pay for a day of care at the hospice

I’m honoured to be running on their behalf this year and hope to raise as much money and awareness of the great work they do.

I’ll also be running for my lovely mum, who after working with and caring for children for over 30 years sadly passed away just under 2 years ago. She would’ve been proud to see me get to the finish line in one piece as well as raising as much money as I can to continue the work that she has done to help children. So please come and support me and many others on Sunday 24 April … on what would have also been her 70th birthday!

On behalf of myself and Haven House, thank you so much for any contribution that you can make.

Carl Clark