VLUK are so proud of, not one but, two of our tutors for taking part in the London Marathon. Chris Winton, VLUK Stevenage Campus tutor and Tom Ash, VLUK Northampton Campus tutor both decided to take part for their own personal reasons and they have both done amazingly well. Here are their stories:
I decided to do my first London Marathon to raise much needed funds for the Primrose Cancer Unit Fund (Bedford Hospitals Charity). Some friends (also running the day) pointed me in the direction of the Primrose Unit in Bedford and the fantastic work that it undertakes for people and families suffering with cancer. From first hand experience, with Mum in summer of 2011 (still with us, thankfully!) then my sister who we lost later that year - I empathise with all the unique journeys all sufferers and their loved ones have to take and felt that by focusing on raising funds I could give something back.
In the early hours of Saturday 7th January 2012, my father was taken to Kettering General Hospital after suffering a serious heart attack. After an immediate operation, where two stents were inserted, doctors managed to save my Dad's life. When I decided I wanted to take part in the London Marathon, I couldn't think of a better cause than to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. The BHF has helped halve the number of people dying from heart and circulatory disease in the UK but sadly every day hundreds of people lose their lives.
Both tutors finished the marathon in great times and, although a little sore, are glad they took part in such a fantastic event and for very deserving charities.
If you can support Chris or Tom please click on their fundraising links here:
Chris - https://2023tcslondonmarathon.enthuse.com/pf/chris-winton
Tom - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tomashmarathon