This week on the blog, we’re proud to introduce you to Andy Thomas!
This Sunday Andy is going to be one of around 40,000 people running the Virgin Money London Marathon, with many running to raise money for causes close to their hearts.
Andy is our brother in law (he’s married to Helen, Mrs Six’s sister) and we wanted to show him our support by featuring his amazing efforts on our blog this week. Andy is running for St Kentigern Hospice on Sunday; our local hospice here on the North Wales coast.
St Kentigern’s is the hospice that cared for Mrs Six’s Mum when she was terminally ill with metastatic cancer almost ten years ago. Mum was poorly with cancer for a number of years after her initial diagnosis. I don’t want to wallow in that story here, as this post is about life and health and challenge and community. I wrote a post a few weeks ago about my mum which you can read here.
But Mum’s time and end of life care in St Kentigern’s made that part of our family’s journey just about manageable. The location is stunning. The staff went above and beyond to look after both my Mum and my Dad. They cared for my sister and I, our families and the handful of close relatives and friends who came to visit during this short weeks. The dignity offered to her in her final days and hours is something we all cherished, as her health declined and the level of care she required increased.
It is something that still shocks me that hospice care is so terribly underfunded from the public purse.
And so to Andy’s Big Run!
Andy has enjoyed running for a number of years now, mostly as a means of increasing his fitness. He had not done a huge amount of group running until starting to do the Conwy Park Run with his children about a year ago. In September last year, he was selected to run the London Marathon for St Kentigern’s.
Andy is very open and honest about his reasons for starting running:
“In January 2017 I got off the weighing scales knowing I was heading towards twenty stone. With the help of Carlos (Whittaker) and Fit by First and the amazing Conwy Park Run, I managed to do more exercise in 2017 than the previous ten years combined!
I am now taking that to a HNL (hole nother level!) by running the London Marathon (26.2 miles) on April 22nd. My goal is to:
1. Not get injured prior to the run.
2. Finish the run!
Having stood on the weighing scales again at the start of 2018 to discover I was on the way to seventeen stone, it was clear that my weight and fitness is moving in the right direction.”
Andy recently planned and executed a brilliantly attended Comedy Night here in North Wales, which supported his fundraising efforts. All of the proceeds were added to his marathon fundraising total. His friends and family have already been incredibly generous in their sponsorship. He has way exceeded his original total of £1,500!
But there is always more need and St Kentigern’s will benefit from every penny raised.
Please click here and sponsor him over the next few days, as he finishes his training and preparations and heads to London for this mega challenge! There’s no way either of us could run this. So we feel no shame in doing our bit and asking any of our family, friends and readers to join with us in cheering Andy on. Let’s give him a financial boost in this last week before his Big Run!
Keep an eye out for Andy on Sunday 😉
And thanks for supporting him!