Sittingbourne Tree surgeon, Joseph Lovelock completed the Virgin Money London Marathon in four hours and 39 minutes, raising over £500 for a local charity.
The 29-year-old was joined by over 37,000 fundraisers, amateur runners and elite athletes, who took part in the 26.2-mile event in the capital. He was supported by his proud family, who cheered him on throughout the grueling journey, which showcases landmarks including the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament and the Cutty Sark.
Joseph managed to raise a total of £570 for The Abbeyfield Kent Society’s Wish Appeal initiative, a scheme that grants wishes for residents living in their care homes.
Joseph said: “I really did enjoy it, especially the support I received not just from my family, but the spectators cheering me on and keeping me going. This was my first marathon and as soon as I had finished I started thinking about entering for next year!
“I feel really proud that I have raised money for The Wish Appeal, which will hopefully make a huge difference to the residents at Abbeyfield Kent. Older people are often forgotten about and it feels good to know I am helping their last wishes come true.”
Leon Steer, Chief Executive of The Abbeyfield Kent Society commented: “We are immensely grateful and proud of Joseph, it is such a difficult challenge and he raised a huge amount for our cause. This really will enable us to continue granting wishes and creating memories for our residents and their loved ones.”
To support Joseph and The Wish Appeal you can donate through his Just Giving Page www.justgiving.com/Joseph-Lovelock
You can also text ‘WISH05’ followed by the amount you wish to donate to 70070, e.g. ‘WISH05 £10’