Run to raise charity funds

Homebase staff members Paul Croft, left, and Steve Slater who are running the Brighton marathon in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust Photo: SM210211-042js
Homebase staff members Paul Croft, left, and Steve Slater who are running the Brighton marathon in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust Photo: SM210211-042js
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TWO men will be completing a gruelling marathon to raise money for a cancer charity.

Steve Slater and Paul Croft are hoping to raise £2,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust by completing the Brighton Marathon on April 10.

The daring duo, who both work at the Homebase store, in Stamford, were inspired to take on the marathon for the trust as it is the company’s chosen charity.

Store manager Steve and Paul, who is the operations team leader, say that their training is going well. They are tackling daily runs with a longer one at the weekend.

Paul, 28, of Downing Crescent, Stamford, is aiming to complete the 26-mile course, which will take in the well-known seafront and The Downs, in five hours.

He said: “Training is going OK. It is tricky to start off but when you get in the rhythm of running every night you really enjoy it and get used to it.

“I think the route is quite hilly and straight.

“We want to give something back to the community as a store as we get such fantastic support from people.”

Steve, of 51, of West End Road, Wyberton, near Boston, has three marathons under his belt.

Paul and Steve along with their colleagues have been running a number of events in store to raise money. They have also set up a on-line sponsor page. Go to www.virginmoney.com/team/homebase

The charity is also being supported by the efforts of Sue Spires, who hopes to hit the £5,000 mark soon.

Sue Spires, of Kesteven Road, Stamford, launched the Coppers for Cancer appeal in October in memory of her daughter Becky, who lost her battle with cancer in 2008 aged 18. She had suffered from synovial sarcoma, a rare type of cancer which affected the soft tissue in her face, for more than a year .

So far about £4,600 has been raised, which Sue is delighted with because most of the money has been raised from loose change at collection buckets around Stamford.

When she hits the £5,000 mark, Sue will make her first cheque presentation to a representative from the trust, which helped care for Becky during her illness.

Sue said: “It has been absolutely brilliant and we have still got a steady stream of support. I still have people asking me in the streets how we’re doing and I can’t believe we’re so close to hitting the target when it’s just coppers we’re collecting.”

Sue and her daughters Natalie Spires and Leah Hyde are hoping to do a skydive later this year in aid of the charity.

There are also collection buckets at the Mercury offices in Sheep Market, Stamford, and our sister offices: the Rutland Times in South Street, Oakham, and The Local in West Street, Bourne.

If you have coppers to collect phone Sue on 07746588510 or e-mail suespires69@yahoo.co.uk.