Marathon run for hospice

Ben and David Pudsey ran the London Marathon.

Ben and David Pudsey ran the London Marathon.

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Two dedicated fund raisers completed the London Marathon and have raised £3,000 in aid of Martin House Children’s Hospice.

David and Ben Pudsey took part in the event on Sunday 21 April, despite the attack on the Boston Marathon the previous Monday, to generate funds for the Hospice, which cared for David’s daughter and Ben’s sister, Hannah Pudsey.

Hannah, who was born with two holes in her heart and a faulty valve, died in February last year aged 24 after her heart stopping beating. The run was completed in her memory.

David, who finished the course despite injuring his back the week before, said: “It was a bit of hard work, I had to walk for 11 miles at the end but it wasn’t at the time it was about getting round.

“In one or two places along the course I felt a bit emotional. There were bands playing right the way round and if they were playing a tune, it would always cause a bit of emotion.

“It was surprising how much we raise - people we didn’t even know donated money. My wife was so pleased to see me at the end because she was more worried about getting round than I was.”

David, 55, ran the first 15 miles of the course, and finished in six hours 11 minutes, while Ben, 29, completed the run in five hours and eight minutes.

Ben and David were supported on the day by Ros Pudsey, David’s wife and mother to Ben, and family friends.

Further fund raising events have been completed including a quiz night at Nafferton Village Hall on Friday 12 April, which raised £446.

A charity fashion show will be staged at M&Co in Driffield on Wednesday 15 May, with tickets priced at £5 and available from Ros on 01377 257159.

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