Marathon man Lee’s seven runs in seven days for hospice

ON HIS MARKS: Lee Dodgson with staff from Hartlepool and District Hospice who he will be fundraising for.

ON HIS MARKS: Lee Dodgson with staff from Hartlepool and District Hospice who he will be fundraising for.

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A FUNDRAISER is set to take on seven marathons in seven days to boost a charity.

Lee Dodgson is setting himself a fundraising target of £10,000 to be raised by running seven marathons in as many days for Hartlepool & District Hospice.

Lee, 29, who works as a firefighter at Stockton Fire Station, will be running a circular route of 26.2 miles each day between may M-10, starting at Hartlepool College of Further Education and incorporating the Hart to Haswell walk.

The final run will be an alternative route which is yet to be finalised, and Lee is inviting other runners to join him for either the final 5k or 10k.

The college has offered additional backing to the project by providing water stations and recruiting students to run sections of the marathon alongside Lee, who has also been granted complimentary membership of the college’s gym to help with his training.

Lee raised almost £5,000 when he ran the London Marathon in 2013 for the hospice.

Lee, of Ryehill Gardens, Hartlepool, who is married to Claire, 38, and has one stepson Aaron, 15, said: “I previously ran the London Marathon for the hospice and applied again this year but was unsuccessful.

“I needed a challenge and personally I like fundraising for the hospice and think it is a worthy cause.

“I thought of doing something that no-one from this area has done and that will raise a few eyebrows to maximise fundraising.”

Lee has been stepping up his training for the last few weeks and is up to 90 miles a week.

Hospice fundraiser Greg Hildreth said: “This is a remarkable target to set for himself but if anyone can do it I think Lee can. He is dedicated, motivated and determined and I know how hard he is working to achieve this. As well as wishing him luck, I would like to thank Lee on behalf of everyone at the Hospice for such kindness and hard work and also thank you to everyone who has supported him so far.”

To help boost his fundraising total, Lee is holding a charity night at the Workingmen’s Club in King Oswy Drive on March 27, with tickets priced at £5 per head.

For tickets to the event or further details, Lee can be contacted on 07429 369164.

Lee added: “Fundraising is going well as I try to target £10,000. I’ve been taken aback by the generosity and support of companies and sports clubs that have donated raffle prizes for the charity night.

“I’ll be looking at opportunities to maximise fundraising leading up to the night and beyond. I have also set up a Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/Lee-Dodgson1 for people wishing to donate.”

The Hospice is appealing for businesses to sponsor each of the seven runs, which will include their company logo on Lee’s running vest on each relevant day.

Any companies wishing to find out more about this can contact Greg on (01429) 855529 or email: ghildreth@hartlepoolhospice.co.uk