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Uttoxeter father completes London Marathon to say ‘thank you’ to Anthony Nolan

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: April 15, 2014

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A UTTOXETER father has raised £10,000 for a charity which saved his son’s life by pulling on his running shoes and completing the London Marathon.

Simon Lane braved the gruelling heat to complete the 26.2 mile course around the capital on Sunday for Anthony Nolan, a registered donor charity that saves the lives of hundreds of cancer patients.

The charity is one which is close to Mr Lane’s heart after his son William developed leukaemia when he was just four-years-old.

After finding a bone marrow donor the story had a happy ending for the Lane family and now the father wanted to find a way to thank the charity.

Mr Lane said at the time his family was devastated as they thought the diagnosis was a death sentence.

After treatment from the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham who tried and failed to cure William, the families final chance of keeping their beloved son was a bone marrow transplant which was to be done in Sheffield at the Children’s Hospital.

He told The Advertiser: “In 2007 my beautiful son William, who was only four-years-old at the time, was diagnosed with leukaemia.

“Thanks to Anthony Nolan we found a bone marrow donor for William and he is now a healthy nine-year-old.”

The Ancor director was joined by Richard Whitehouse and Jonathan Lane and could be found training hard in the run-up to the big day.

Mr Lane added: “Anthony Nolan helped our family beyond words so it feels great to do something in return.”

Also running this year’s marathon was Picknalls First School teacher Grahame Cope who finished in three hours and 47 minutes.

The 43-year-old raised £3,080 for The Epilepsy Society after seeing two of his year four pupils – Jessica Bliss and Alyssa Whitehall – battle with child absence epilepsy as well as 11-year-old Oliver Davies, a pupil at Oldfields Hall Middle School who plays on the Rocester Juniors Hornets U11 football team he coaches.

Mr Cope said: “Well I finished - gosh it was warm. My time was three hours 47 minutes.

“Not the quickest I’ve been but I’m really pleased considering the lack of preparation.

“Thanks to everyone who has supported me via sponsors or good wishes.

“A great charity and I hope we have made a difference.”

Train driver Rick Hedgcombe has raised £961.43 for St John Ambulance through one of four marathons to mark his 40th birthday.

Mr Hedgcombe let nothing stop him after he suffered a serious injury to his kneecap when he was in his 20s and was forced to retire from running after finishing his first marathon when he was 18.

Firefighter Simon Poole, who is based at Uttoxeter Community Fire Station, raised £2,190 for the burns unit at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Birmingham, after his trip to London at the weekend.

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