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Keighley News editor goes ‘extra mile’ for Manorlands
3:34pm Friday 18th October 2013 in Keighley
Keighley News editor Richard Parker is going the extra mile to help ensure the paper’s Million for Manorlands campaign reaches its target... well, 26.2 miles, to be exact!
Sue Ryder, which runs the Oxenhope hospice, has added him to its team of runners competing in the prestigious London Marathon on April 13 next year.
While news of his successful application is unlikely to have Mo Farrah quaking in his running spikes, 40-year-old Richard is hoping his entry will quite literally carry the campaign across the finish line.
The Keighley News is aiming to help raise £1 million to keep this vital service open. Manorlands provides dedicated care and support to people with life-limiting illnesses and their families, and relies almost exclusively on donations to remain open.
Richard said: “I’m so proud the Keighley News is supporting Manorlands, which is a truly inspiring charity.
“It touches the lives of thousands of people throughout our catchment area, and I desperately hope we hit our fundraising target by April to ensure this superb service continues to provide the wonderful care it has become renowned for.
“Our readers have really rallied to the call, and we’re not far off reaching the half-way point already thanks to their incredible generosity. But when I’m asking them to dig deep in these difficult economic times, I felt it was important I also did ‘my bit’ for the cause.
“Quite frankly, I’m scared stiff by the challenge in front of me, but that pales into insignificance compared to the courage shown by the Manorlands staff and their patients day in, day out. That will be my inspiration on those cold, wet mornings pounding along the roads to get fit.”
Richard has to raise a minimum of £1,750 to compete in the marathon.
He added: “Anything you can spare to help meet this goal will be gratefully received.”
Richard has set up his own Virgin Money Giving page. Just type in http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/richardparker into your web browser or contact him via firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01535 606611. And if you’re a taxpayer, each pound donated online will generate another 25p for Manorlands via Gift Aid.
Watch this space for updates about Richard’s progress.