A BURTON man is getting ready to put on his running shoes and take part in the London Marathon to raise cash for a cause close to his heart.
Tim Jones decided to take part in the gruelling challenge this weekend after his father-in-law was diagnosed with UK’s fifth most common cancer, lymphoma.
The 33-year-old chose to take part in the marathon to raise money for the Lymphoma Association, a charity that supports people affected by lymphoma.
He said: “My father-in-law was diagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma a few years ago.
“He’s been a great influence on me and a huge inspiration to my wife.
“His diagnosis has been very difficult for the whole family, so I wanted to run the London Marathon to raise money for a charity which provides information and support to families like mine who have been affected by lymphoma.
“My wife found the Lymphoma Association when she was researching lymphoma and we learned how much the charity does for people affected with any form of lymphoma.
“We also learned that the Lymphoma Association relies on people donating and fund-raising and felt we had to play our part.
“I am able to challenge myself in ways incomparable to the challenges that people diagnosed with lymphoma face, but in doing so I can raise funds to help support the fantastic work that the Lymphoma Association does.”
Mr Jones is hoping to raise more than £1,500 for the charity and said he had been training hard.
He added: “I’ve always been involved in sports and more recently have found running the perfect way to get fit whilse managing a hectic lifestyle of work and a young family.
“Training has been gruelling over the winter but I’m well equipped to support my London Marathon run, so that I can give it everything I’ve got on the day.”
Anyone wishing to support Tim is urged to head online to www.justgiving.com/TimJones1981 or to call the Lymphoma Association fund-raising team on 01296 619419.
Mr Jones has already raised £1,385 but is urging people to help him reach his target.