Brave Andrew’s top efforts to get into shape and fundraise

Andrew Maddison
Andrew Maddison

Determined fundraiser Andrew Maddison has completed a half marathon for charity after losing six stone in a year.

Andrew set himself the challenge to compete in the Sunderland Half Marathon this year to raise funds for Hartlepool & District Hospice.

Last year Andrew, who said he couldn’t even walk fast never mind think about running, joined a gym to help transform himself. He completed the course in under two hours in what were wet and windy conditions.

Andrew, who ran in memory of his two aunties both of whom died of cancer, raised a fantastic £700 for his local hospice.

Andrew has plans to enter more running events this year and wants to continue losing weight.

Hospice community fundraiser Janice Forbes said: “This was a fantastic achievement and a tremendous success in both his running and fundraising. Well done to Andrew, it just shows what can

be achieved with the right attitude.”

Hospice fundraiser Greg Hildreth said: “We love to hear of people taking up a physical challenge for the Hospice. We are still recruiting runners for this year’s Great North Run, which takes

place on September 13. We currently have a list of runners awaiting charity places in the half marathon and we will be buying additional places as soon as they are available.”

The hospice is also looking to recruit runners with their own places who are not affiliated with a charity and would like to raise sponsorship.

Runners supporting the hospice will receive a branded running vest, pre and post event hospitality and return travel to the race from Hartlepool.

To find out more, contact Greg Hildreth on (01429) 855529 or email ghildreth@hartlepoolhospice.co.uk

The hospice offers specialist palliative care to hundreds of people each year. Individuals who access hospice services can be living with illnesses including Cancer, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder, Motor Neurone Disease, end stage heart disease and Parkinson’s.