Three members of the Brentford FC staff will be taking on one of the world’s most famous physical challenges to raise money for charity. Neil Greig, Chris Haslam and James Purdue will be among of tens of thousands of people pounding the streets of London in the name of sport and charity later this month.
The 2018 Virgin London Marathon takes place on Sunday, 22 April, and around 40,000 people will run from Blackheath to The Mall and cover the 26.2-mile course. The Brentford trio will be among them.
Neil and Chris will be taking on the course to raise money for Havens Hospices, specifically Little Havens Children’s Hospice. Havens is a charity that provides respite and care for adults and children at the end of their lives. When a family has been told that there’s no cure for their loved one’s illness, Havens Hospices can help to make things as comfortable as possible, controlling pain and medication, offering respite and care.
James Purdue, Head of B Team Athletic Performance, is running to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK's leading Alzheimer's research charity aiming to defeat dementia. James decided to take on the challenge after the death of his father. He will run in aid of a charity that funds a broad range of research projects to understand dementia and drive towards better diagnosis, preventions and treatments.
James said: “After a very tough year with the passing of my father I have decided to get my act together and run the marathon in aid of a great cause. My family has been directly affected by Alzheimer's and I'm hoping to raise some money and post a great time for this cause. Any donations would be greatly appreciated and will certainly go to a great place.”
This will be the third time that Neil has run the London Marathon. In 2015 he raised around £6,000 for the charity with the support of players, staff and supporters. The following year he topped that by raising more than £8,600. After a year off, Neil is back again and is aiming to raise £10,000 for the charity.
Neil, Head of Medical at the Club, said: “I’m proud to support the fantastic care offered by Havens. Chris Domoney, our masseur, first got me involved with the charity when there was an opportunity to run the London Marathon in 2015. I had great support then and again the following year. I hope I can raise even more for them this time.”
Chris, Head of Athletic Performance, has also taken on the London Marathon course before but this will be the first time he has run it for Havens. He is already close to exceeding his initial target of £2,000. Chris and Neil have been training together for the run and are now less than three weeks from the start line.
Chris said: “I feel extremely privileged to be able to raise money for such a fantastic charity. They provide care and support to babies, children, adults and families who are experiencing life limiting and/or threatening illnesses. Any donation will help me get round the 26-mile course but most importantly it will help individuals and families during those incredibly tough times.”
Neil added: “The work of the staff at Havens is awe inspiring. Chris and I are aiming to support them in their most recent project of building a new wing at the hospice, in order to increase the number of children that they can offer care to. Chris and I would both be so appreciative of anyone able to sponsor either, or both, of us. Any amount is appreciated and all contributes to supporting a fantastic group of people in their inspirational work.”
Sponsor Neil at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/neil-greiglondon18.
Sponsor Chris at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ChrisHaslam4.
Sponsor James at http://www.justgiving.com/owner-email/pleasesponsor/James-Purdue.