18th Jul, 2019

Runner getting ready to take on London Marathon to make wishes come true for critically ill children

Sarah Mason 23rd Apr, 2019

FITNESS fanatic Tom Buckley is putting himself through the gruelling London Marathon to help make wishes come true for critically ill children.

Tom, a patient flow co-ordinator at Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service, in Solihull, will be taking on the 26.2-mile challenge on Sunday (April 28) in aid of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The foundation grants life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses, whether it be a bedroom makeover, dream holiday or the chance to meet a celebrity hero.

Tom said: “Make-A-Wish Foundation is a great cause, as it gives these brave young children the chance to do something they have always dreamt of.

“I think it is a really worthwhile thing to try to help these children, who are going through so much at such a young age, to achieve their wish.”

Tom is hoping to raise £1,000 for the charity which has made the dreams of 12,000 youngsters come true.

This is not Tom’s first marathon, having participated in the Birmingham Marathon in 2017. It has been an ambition of his to take part in the capital’s marathon for many years.

Tom started his training in December and it is now taking up most weekends.

He said it was generally going well although there had been a few “tough moments” with bad training runs during the cold, dark weather when his motivation was low, but he has doggedly stuck at it to get the miles in.

For more or to donate visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ThomasBuckley3.

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