Posted 5th December 2017
A man who ran 31 marathons in 31 days has raised a staggering £43,000 to help people with cancer.
Fittingly Gary Morton handed over the cheque following his latest running effort for The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity, at Liverpool’s Santa Dash.
Gary, 43, was among 8,000 Santas who took to the streets of the city for the annual fun run. He and sons Albie and Dominic, pictured below, joined the Clatterbridge team who donned green Father Christmas hats for the event.
The 5k course round the city was a relief for Gary who completed 26.2 miles every day for a month, finishing his marathon challenge on 29th October at the hospital in Wirral where his mother in law Gillian Walker is being treated.
Gillian, 62, from Wigan, is receiving immunotherapy treatment at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre after being diagnosed with skin cancer four years ago that spread to her liver and lung. She is responding well to treatment and Gary was so inspired by the work of staff he decided he wanted to do something to help.
Many of his marathons were run from his home in Rossendale, Lancashire, to work in Wigan. He wasn’t deterred by the 3.30am starts and also fitted in marathons during work trips abroad.
Handing over the cheque, Gary said: “The work that goes on at the hospital is vital and I wanted to do something to help with care and research.
“There were tough days but I had a great support team around me. The thought of what we were trying to achieve kept me going.”
Jeni Nugent, Fundraising Manager for The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity, said: “It was really kind of Gary and his family to run The Liverpool Santa Dash for us this year, particularly after all the running he has done for the charity already.
“We are in awe of the challenge he completed and the amount of money he has raised. It will go a long way to helping us transform cancer care for people in the region.”
The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity is working to raise £15 million towards the building of a new specialist hospital in Liverpool and improvements to the Wirral site.
If you would like to take on a challenge for The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity call 0151 556 5566 or see www.clatterbridgecc.nhs.uk/charity/home