On 22 April 2012, Dan Wittred will combat the 26 miles of the London Marathon for the second time in four years. Dan will be running in memory of his Dad, Nigel, who will have passed away almost two years to the day.
Following the loss of 55 year old Nigel to an unexpected brain aneurysm in 2010, Dan wanted to show his support to other families who may find themselves in a similar situation by raising money for the charity Headway.
Pulling out all the stops, Dan has already reached his fundraising target of £1,500 three months ahead of event day and is set on sending his total even further through the roof.
If that isn’t enough, Dan has hired himself a personal trainer and put himself on a four-month ban from alcohol in the hope this will enable him to complete the race in less than four hours.
Dan said “After struggling through the 2008 Marathon with very little training, I swore I would never put myself through the torturous pain again. That said; the unforeseen loss of my Dad soon changed my mind.
The training has been tough, but I know it will be worth it for the great atmosphere on the day. I wanted to turn something very negative into something positive, so here I am raising money for a cause I really believe in.”
Headway– the brain injury association is a charity set up to help offer support and services to those affected by brain injury as well as their families and carers. Headway offers a wide range of services both locally and nationally, including rehabilitation programmes, carer support, social re-integration, community outreach and respite care.
Launching a YouTube video to inspire people to sponsor him, and with the support of a charity event hosted by his girlfriend’s Mum, Dan has gone above and beyond raising the money he intended to and hopes to go even further.
If you would like to sponsor Dan ahead of the biggest fundraising event of the year, please go to: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DanWittred