Wakefield Wildcats Commercial Manager Martin Hopkins is on the verge of taking part in his fifth London marathon and the first for the local charity Wakefield Hospice.
The marathon takes place this Sunday and Martin is looking to hit his £2,000 target for completing the gruelling challenge in the capital.
Hopkins, who recently celebrated his 40th birthday, decided to raise money for the Hospice after becoming more aware of the work they do via the links with the club in 2012 which included the designated game against Leeds Rhinos where the Wildcats swapped their traditional colours for those of the Hospice.
The Wildcats produced and played in a one-off shirt against Leeds in July and it was then Hopkins drew inspiration from the tremendous work the Hospice to and decided to raise money for the excellent cause.
Wakefield Hospice is situated on Aberford Road and is committed to providing the highest level of symptom management and care for people who have advanced active, progressive and life threatening illness.
The local Hospice endorses a holistic approach in promoting quality of life for patients as well as in the continuing support that is offered to families and carers throughout the period of illness and into bereavement.
The Hospice costs over £3 million a year to run and over £2.3 million of that needs to be raised through voluntary contributions which shows the uphill task they face on a yearly basis.
Hopkins is just days away from taking on the world famous London marathon, a decade on after completing his first.
“This is without doubt going to be my hardest challenge yet after I’ve picked up a few niggling injuries over recent weeks and I’m not getting any younger,” admitted Hopkins.
“I’ve raised around £8,000 all together in my previous marathons and I am pushing up towards my £2,000 goal for Wakefield Hospice which is a truly outstanding cause.
“I decided to do what I can to raise money for the Hospice after the club started to work closely with them and it became apparent how much hard work and care goes into helping their patients. They need to constantly raise money to keep running and I am helping in any way I can so any sponsorship is vital.”
You can sponsor Hopkins via his Virgin Money Giving page HERE.
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