PODCASTER and TV presenter Dan Hudson is running the Shakespeare Marathon this Sunday, April 23, to raise vital sums for Marie Curie Solihull.
Dan, a former pupil of Tudor Grange High School and co-star of the podcast A Gay And A NonGay, is tackling it in memory of his late mum Gill who died three weeks ago at the hospice.
Having set himself the target of raising £3,000 he’s already smashed that total and broken through the £4,000 barrier and hopes to bring in even more for the hospice.
“The job they do there is absolutely amazing, it’s something I couldn’t do. The staff are fantastic,” said Dan, who now splits his time between London and Solihull.
“My mum was first diagnosed with cancer in 2003 but she kept on battling it and it wasn’t until December 2018 that we heard it was going to be terminal but she still put on one hell of a fight in that last stretch.
“From a Covid perspective she fought it before, during and after. My parents locked down rigidly and I would be sending food and deliveries round to them.”
It would be dropped off at the door and they just had to pick them up.”
Dan, aged 34, is no stranger to marathons, although he admits it’s been a while since he tackled 26 miles and a bit.
“I did the London Marathon in 2012 and the Paris Marathon in 2013 after which I retired from them,” he said.
“But during lockdown I started running again and I started thinking I should really do another one.
“When I thought of my mum and the timescale the Shakespeare Marathon was the one to do.”
Dan is already in the top five per cent of fundraisers for the run and would dearly love to add to his total for such a great cause as Marie Curie Solihull.
To support his efforts, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dan-hudson5
His incredibly successful podcast A Gay And A NonGay is a great listen and a real eye opener on seeing the world from different perspectives.
It’s available from all the usual streaming services.