Housewares man Richard Poulson is hoping that industry colleagues will help him raise money for a hospice when he runs in this year’s London Marathon.
Poulson, group housewares buyer for Morley Stores, will be taking on the capital’s 26-mile route on April 22 to raise awareness and funds for Havens Hospice. The unit comprises Little Havens children’s hospice and Fair Havens adult hospice, which together care for sufferers and their families affected by life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses throughout Essex.
It will cost £5.7m in 2011/2012 to continue the work, but as a registered, independently-run charity (RCN 1022119), the hospice relies heavily on the generosity and kindness of its supporters.
Poulson has set up a page at the JustGiving website, http://www.justgiving.com/Richard-Poulson1, for donations. The money goes directly to the charity and Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer.
Poulson said that running in the London Marathon would help him fulfil “a lifelong dream of mine. Any donations will be greatly appreciated and will make a real difference to the lives of those involved.”