Lewisham man to run Virgin Money London Marathon in Paddington Bear™ suit for children’s charity
Stuart May from Lewisham is this April running his seventh London Marathon for children’s charity, Action Medical Research. Not content with this record in itself, he is this year running the gruelling 26.2-mile course wearing a Paddington Bear™ suit. The lovable bear, soon to be film star, is the official mascot of the charity.
Stuart has raised considerable funds for Action Medical Research over the years by running the marathon and has a personal connection to the charity and its work because his godson was born prematurely. He was in hospital for many weeks, but is now a fit and healthy boy. At the time, Stuart was left feeling that he wanted to do something practical to help other premature babies and he has run the London Marathon for Action Medical Research ever since.
Stuart, says: “The birth of my daughter last year showed me first hand that Action Medical Research does some really amazing work which saves the lives of babies. This made me even more determined to run the Marathon for the charity. The support I receive from them is also first class every time – I wouldn’t get to the start line, let alone the finish line without them. As I’m going to be wearing a Paddington Bear™ suit, I’m hoping for a cold day!”
Stuart is currently in training and is regularly running up to 20 miles. He trains four times each week and also does a weekly gym session to work on his core strength. He has previously completed the marathon in 3 hours 40 minutes, but this time will be happy with a time of five to six hours.
The money he raises will help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children. Medical research can save and change children’s lives. Yet surprisingly, medical research into conditions that devastate children’s lives is poorly funded. Action Medical Research has been funding medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952. The charity is currently supporting work around stillbirth, epilepsy, meningitis, cerebral palsy and brain cancer, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.
To support Stuart with his fundraising visit: www.action.org.uk/sponsor/stuartmay1
More information at: www.action.org.uk/VMLM
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Action Medical Research is a UK-wide charity saving and changing children’s lives through medical research. We want to make a difference in:
tackling premature birth and treating sick and vulnerable babies
helping children affected by disability, disabling conditions and infections
targeting rare diseases that together severely affect many forgotten children.
Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world.
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