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Linda Bignell, of Sevenoaks, will be among a group of dedicated runners raising funds for the Hospice in the iconic 26-mile event next Sunday (23) and says she is determined to make the most of the opportunity.
“To take part in the London Marathon has always been a goal of mine and this year I will be 70 so there can be no better time for me to fulfil my dream,” said Linda. “I am determined to enjoy every minute and soak up the atmosphere.
“I am honoured to be raising funds for our wonderful Hospice in the Weald. I know many people who have been cared for by the Hospice. It is close to many of our hearts and it’s a privilege to be supporting such an incredible cause.”
Linda, affectionately known as ‘Gaga’ by her grandchildren, open water swims, kayaks and recently took part in the London Landmarks half marathon as part of her training. Linda is hoping her husband and some of her three children, six grandchildren and friends will be there to cheer her on.
She added: “I have ‘Linda aka Gaga’ printed on the back of my vest – I thought that would make people smile! Afterwards I am going to get a tattoo on my foot, so I have a lasting reminder that I completed the London Marathon 2023!”
Linda is well on the way to raising over £5,000, having already smashed her original fundraising target of £2,500, not only through generous individual donations, but by also holding a community quiz evening earlier this year.
Lisa Browning, Relationship Fundraising Manager at Hospice in the Weald, said: “We wish the inspirational Linda and our other incredible charity place runners Amanda, Matt, Izzy and Ciara the very best of luck as they run the world-famous route all whilst raising money for Hospice in the Weald. Good luck too, to all those who gained a place through the public ballot and who have chosen Hospice in the Weald as their beneficiary charity. Every penny you raise makes a vital difference to the care the Hospice can provide to adults and children both now and in the future.”
If you are interested in running the London Marathon for Hospice in the Weald in 2024, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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