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Marathon runner thanks Burtonians for their generosity

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 14, 2014

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A BURTON man has thanked people in the town for the generosity they have shown in helping him to raise money for a leading cancer charity.

Jonathan Parton took part in the Manchester Marathon on April 6 to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. The charity helped to look after his late uncle Andrew, who was diagnosed bladder cancer.

He did recover after a period of chemotherapy, however the cancer later returned and despite an operation in America, and further treatment, he was unable to pull through a second time. Jonathan also attached a picture of his late grandfather, Leo Crowther to his shirt to run in his memory, although he was not diagnosed with cancer.

Although he is yet to work out a final total, Jonathan estimates that he will have raised around £1,700.

The 30-year-old marketing manager, who has previously taken part in the Lichfield and Birmingham half-marathons, set out with plans to raise as much as possible in a number of different ways.

He told the Mail: “Firstly I set up my justgiving page, which raised around £650, but then I also held a raffle at work. The company also agreed to donate a quarter of my final total on top of that.”

“On top of that I went into Cooper’s Square and collected with a bucket. I really want to thank everyone that donated to my cause. When I was there collecting, there were times I would be looking in the opposite direction or have my back turned.

“However people would come up, tap me on the shoulder and put some money in the bucket. I can’t thank the people of Burton enough for their generosity.

“I’ve done my own calculations and £1,500 would be enough to fund a week and a half’s worth of a Macmillan nurse’s time. When you think of it like that, you realise just what you’ve done. It’s one of those things I will look back on in ten years time and feel it was a real achievement.”

Jonathan took part in the race with his friend, Robert Handy, who is also competing in a number of other events to try and raise £3,000 for the charity.

Donations can still be made to Macmillan via Jonathan’s justgiving page, www.justgiving.com/Jonathan-Parton

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