Local Bradford on Avon pharmacist, Paul Moloney has triumphed at the 2014 Virgin London Marathon. Not only did he cross the finishing line on the famous 26.2 mile route in an impressive 3 hours and 37 minutes, and has successfully raised over £600 for The Forever Friends Appeal.
The Appeal’s current focus is the RUH Cancer Care Campaign – raising £8.5 million towards the build of an exceptional new Cancer Centre at the Royal United Hospital in Bath. Paul, 32, who has run the Silver Street Pharmacy since July 2012 and his wife Kate, who works as a clinical trials pharmacist at the hospital, understand just how important this new Centre is for the local community.
In the lead up to the London Marathon Paul trained tirelessly, having run the Manchester Marathon the year before and completing Ironman events in Switzerland and Wales. The support he has received from everyone in Bradford and Avon and further afield has been incredible, he says: “The marathon was a phenomenal event and I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our customers. Thank you so much to everyone who has kindly sponsored me to take part in the London Marathon to help raise funds for the new Cancer Centre at the RUH. You amazing encouragement and support really spurred me on all the way round.”
Laura Pearce, Events Fundraiser for The Forever Friends Appeal comments: “Paul is a truly inspirational person – running a full marathon is no easy feat! We are so grateful to Paul and everyone who has sponsored him. Every year the Royal United Hospital treats of 2,200 new patients with cancer. This new Centre will be a state of the art building, where every part is designed around the patient journey. It will transform care for patients and their families at the RUH.”