Marie Curie marathon man crosses the line in London - The Solihull Observer

Marie Curie marathon man crosses the line in London

Solihull Editorial 23rd Apr, 2024   0

A FORMER Tudor Grange School pupil and podcast presenter has set himself an epic challenge to run six World Marathon Majors in the next three years.

Dan Hudson, the presenter of A Gay and a Non-Gay and Comedian took on the iconic London Marathon on Sunday (April 21) and is set join the starting line at the New York City Marathon in November in aid of Marie Curie.

The charity has a special place in the 37-year-old’s heart as his mum, Gill, was cared for and died in the Solihull Hospice in March 2022.

Dan said: “I started running again and walking long distances during lockdown in lieu of any distractions – then when my mum died in Marie Curie Solihull in 2022 I decided to do the Shakespeare Marathon in Stratford-upon-Avon for MC and raised over £7,000.

“After that I decided I wanted to keep doing marathons – I enjoy running and I don’t really enjoy any other kind of exercise – certainly not to the same extent or intensity.

“Now I’ve got a bit carried away and am doing the six majors over the next three years.”

So far the Solihull resident has raised more than £1,800 for the charity but hopes to reach the £2,000 mark soon.

He said his Just Giving page is for both the London Marathon and the New York one.

Dan was inspired raise funds for Marie Curie after experiencing first hand what life is like at the hospice for patients and their families.

He said: “My mum spent the last week of her life in the Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull. The nurses there did an incredible job looking after her.

“The attention you get in Marie Curie is just so much better than the usual hospital ward. 24 hours a day you can have access to a nurse. They are there for you and your loved one day and night.

“I am hoping to raise as much awareness and money as possible for Marie Curie so they can continue to support people with any illness they are likely to die from and their families.”

Marie Curie is dependent on public donations and last year supporters helped the charity provide direct care to more than 44,200 people across the UK at its nine hospices and through overnight nursing care in people’s own homes.

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