Chichester estate agent ran last weekend’s London Marathon in support of a local children’s hospice.
Paul Higgins-Drysdale, senior sales consultant at Leaders in Chichester, completed the 26.2-mile course around the city, raising a total of £1,750 for local hospice Chestnut Tree House and national charity Together for Short Lives in the process.
He crossed the finish line on The Mall in a time of four hours and two minutes, which came as a huge relief following months of training and an injury scare just four miles from the end.
Paul says: “I enjoyed the run up until the 22-mile point when my legs gave up and it became incredibly difficult just to keep going. I really had to grit my teeth in order to run through the pain and get to the end.
“I am pleased to have completed the marathon and to achieve a good time. There is no doubt that seeing the finish line was the highlight of my day.
“Most importantly, I am delighted to have raised money for local children who really need it. All of us in the Chichester branch have been touched by the work carried out at Chestnut Tree House and I am thrilled to be able to support such a fantastic cause.”
Together for Short Lives supports all 54 children’s hospices in the UK including Chestnut Tree House in Arundel, which as Paul’s local hospice will benefit from the money he raised. The charity provides expert care for seriously ill children and their families.
Staff at Leaders raised £45,000 for Together for Short Lives in 2015 and the company renewed its partnership with the charity this year, when it is aiming to raise a further £50,000 to support seriously ill children across the UK.
It is not too late to support Paul’s marathon efforts by donating at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Paul-Higgins-Drysdale