Leaders congratulate local vet Mark Maltman on his achievement in completing the London Marathon on 25th April. Leaders, who sponsored Mark when he ran his first full marathon in 2008, were delighted to lend him their support once again. They were among many local businesses and individuals to sponsor Mark, enabling him to raise a whopping £6,200 for St Catherine’s Hospice in Crawley.
For over 25 years St Catherine’s Hospice has been providing high quality hospice care, free of charge, to people living in Crawley, Horsham, Mid Sussex and East Surrey. They are a charity dedicated to providing specialised end of life care and support to local people, their families, friends and carers.
Speaking about his motivation for taking part in this year’s marathon, Mark said, “I spent a short period of time with my father, Peter, at St Catherine’s before he died on 27th March 2008, 17 days before I ran my 2008 marathon for another charity. Whilst he was there, he told me that when he got back home he would start fundraising for them – I don’t know what he had planned! – but he never did return home and so I took the mantle as my own, knowing as I lined up for that marathon in 2008 that I would have to do another in aid of St Catherine’s in the future.
“Their care was truly fantastic and their skill allowed my father to pass away peacefully, comfortably and, most importantly, without fear – I was bowled over by the amazing staff and I am grateful to Leaders and everyone who has so generously supported me in giving something back to St Catherine’s and our local community.”
Says Leaders’ Senior Branch Manager, Kathy Taylor: “We were very touched by Mark’s reasons for wanting to support St Catherine’s and are delighted to have been able to contribute. Well done to him, he completed the marathon in 4 hours 39 minutes (beating the time he set when he ran the marathon on 2008) and has raised a fantastic sum of money for a very worthy cause.”
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