Alastair makes it a marathon for Hospices

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A Banchory man will be attempting to run the London Marathon later this year.

Alastair Naughton is taking on the 26.2 mile course to raise money for Help the Hospices charity.

He got to learn about the charity through his work at Morrisons in Banchory and was motivated to get involved with fundraising.

Alastair said: “Morrisons are sponsoring Help the Hospices and when I started to read more about the charity it really struck a chord.

“Help the Hospices reaches out to some of the most vulnerable in society and their families and helps ensure the terminally ill are treated with dignity in the final stages of their lives, and that their families receive the support so desperately needed.

“As well as this, I really wanted to get fit, and so training for a marathon was a great opportunity.”

Help the Hospices are the leading charity, supporting hospice care, throughout the UK.

The charity aims to improve the lives of people whose illness may not be curable and try to let them live as actively as possible after diagnosis to the end of their lives, however long it may be.

A quarter of a million patients are cared for by hospices in the UK each year, either in a hospice or in their own home.

Alastair completed the Scottish Half Marathon last year in under two hours but has stepped up his training for the longer distance in London.

He said: “I have been training since around June. Training for a full marathon has been much harder, but well worth it. I am now doing two twenty mile runs each week in preparation for London.”

Alastair is aiming to raise around £2000 for Help the Hospices and has already organised a fundraising quiz night for his work colleagues.

If you would like to sponsor Alastair, you can do so at http://www.justgiving.com/Alastair-Naughton.