Introducing Paul’s story for National Storytelling Week

Last year the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers chose us as their charity of the year. Hosting a number of fundraising events throughout the year, the company also had individuals taking on personal challenges to help raise money.

Mike trekked over 120km raising over £4,000 in the process, and Paul took on the daunting task of completing the London Marathon. Here’s Paul’s story of a memorable day in the English capital.

“What a day! The weather was great and the crowds were in fine form. Before I knew it I was at mile eight where I saw my fan club (my wife, 4 year old daughter, 2 week old son and sister) for the first time which was such a boost.

“So then, of course, disaster struck. The niggle I’d been carrying in my left hamstring for a couple of months decided to remind me that it was there. I was no longer running for a good time. The focus was on trying to get to the finish.

“And then a wonderful thing happened. I saw my family again. They hadn’t moved, but I was heading along the same stretch of road westbound, so I knew where to look for them. I stopped, gave them all a kiss and a cuddle, had a photo with them and started off again with that shuffling run.

“In a matter of moments, I was across the line in a time of 4:25:43. I had done it! The time was slower than I had hoped, but far quicker than I had feared during the darkest parts of the event when finishing was, at times, looking like a bit of a stretch to say the least.”

Paul raised over £3,500 for us, so that we can continue changing the lives of people through gymnastics.

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