Graphic designer Mark Buttress from Stamford is running the London Marathon for Anna's Hope
Keen runner Mark Buttress is to take on the London Marathon on Sunday - and will raising money for local charity Anna's Hope.
The 42-year-old graphic designer from Stamford who has his own business, Hue, in Ketton, runs four or five times a week and has already clocked up 326 miles since the beginning of the year.
It will be his 16th marathon.
He said: "Although I have done the London Marathon twice before, I want to do it again this time so I can remember and enjoy it.
"The first time I was in too much pain!"
He chose the charity because he has a young daughter himself, and knows Anna's mum, Carole Hughes. Anna’s Hope was inspired by three-year-old Anna, who died from a brain tumour.
Mark aims to raise £2,500 for the charity.
As well as supporting children being treated for brain tumours and their parents, Anna's Hope helps to provide neuro-rehabilitation therapy comprising physiotherapists, speech and language therapists and an occupational therapist for young patients.
Mark said: "A donation of £30 funds one week's specialist neuro-rehabilitation therapy for a child, while £125 will cover a month's worth of this treatment.
"Businesses who use my design company have been very supportive, and people can still make donations to help push me up to my target."
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