A UTTOXETER lorry driver will raise money for a charity close to his heart as he takes on the London Marathon later this year.
Paul ‘Rico’ Richardson will don his running shoes in the capital on Sunday, April 21 to tackle the 26.2 mile run in aid of FSID (Foundation for the Study for Infant Deaths).
It is the second time Mr Richardson has taken on such a challenge for the charity after completing a 14 mile run from Burton’s Queen’s Hospital to Uttoxeter on Christmas Day 2009.
He was inspired to raise money for the cause in memory of Lewis James Brown, who died aged just eight-weeks-old in August 2009.
FSID proved a great support for his parents and Mr Richardson’s close friends Louise and James Brown, who have since gone on to have two more children, Spencer and Ethan.
Mr Richardson told the Advertiser: “I only found out five weeks ago I had a place so I have got to put in some much-needed training quickly.
“I am aiming to finish the race before rush hour on the Monnday morning!
“I don’t have a time in mind – just completing the course will be an achievement.
“I want to raise £1,900, which is the minimum you have to guarantee to raise for a charity place in the marathon.
“I understand that Christmas has just been and money is tight but something as little as £1 could make a difference.”
Sponsorship forms to support Mr Richardson are available in the Old Star pub, the Bradley House Club and the Robin Hood pub in Bramshall.
Also people can text rico99 then a space and the amount they wish to donate to 70070 or donate online at www.justgiving.com/Rico13