Paul’s slog on blog for Ruby
Paul Hope, with work colleagues who helped him to raise money for Ruby’s Fat Cow Fund at the Macmillan 10k Fun Run in Regents Park, London
A BLOG has been created in an effort to raise awareness of one man’s quest to run more than 70 miles to raise money in memory of a girl who lost her fight with brain cancer at the age of 10.
Paul Hope, 47, of Bryony Way, is a supermarket manager, running three 10km events, two half marathons and one marathon between now and April, and hopes to raise a modest £500.
Paul has devised paulehope.wordpress.com, where he will detail the trials and tribulations of his training and race preparation, whilst explaining why he is going to these lengths for a girl he never met.
Ruby Shakespeare was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer in Spring 2010 when she was just eight.
In the 16 months that followed, she underwent several bouts of surgery, intensive radiotherapy and many cycles of chemotherapy.
Before Ruby died in the summer of 2011, she drew and created a character she called Fat Cow, which was used as the inspiration when her mother set up a fund which helped to raise money for four cancer charities (The Brain Tumour Charity, CLIC Sargent, Ronald McDonald Houses and Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Movement).
Ruby’s Fat Cow Fund is now top of Paul’s priorities in his quest to raise cash, having met Ruby’s mother, Annette, when he joined Slinns Allstars running club as a novice runner.
“I kept the blog to myself for about three weeks, just documenting my training and putting together a background story, because I wanted to wait for Annette’s approval,” said Paul.
“I made sure they were happy with all the content and that I had my facts straight before I went live with it, which was about two weeks ago now.
“I want to put it out to as many people as possible, I want it to be shared and talked about, but I have never written or read a blog before, so it’s going to be a challenge.”
Paul will tackle the Melksham 10k on Sunday, the Chippenham Half Marathon on September 15, the Cricklade 10k on October 6, the Swindon Half Marathon on October 13, the Swindon 10k on November 17 and the London Marathon in April 2014, providing he is given an entry.
“Getting to these races is going to be a journey and I am hoping people will be interested in this journey and want to read about what I go through,” said Paul.
“If I am going to be telling this many people that I am doing these events, I have no excuse not to do them, otherwise I will end up embarrassed.”
You can donate at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=PaulHope-Rubys-fat-cow-fund
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