A Frome man will take on a challenge to run 100 miles in 24 hours in memory of his father in aid of The Forever Friends Appeal.
Guy Lucas’s father, Paul Lucas, suffered with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) for 12 years and died in Bath’s Royal United Hospital at the end of December aged 65.
COPD is the name given to a collection of lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease.
In tribute to the staff who cared for his father Mr Lucas, 33, of Wayside Close, decided to take on the South Down Way 100 in June, which is an ultra marathon starting in Winchester and finishing in Eastbourne, to raise as much money as possible for the hospital’s Forever Friends Appeal.
Avid runner, Mr Lucas, said: “My Dad has suffered with advanced COPD for more than 12 years and had been admitted to the RUH many times over the years.
“The high dependency unit on the respiratory ward looked after him so well and have most certainly prolonged his time with us.
“But on December 29, 2014, unfortunately he passed away. Fortunately we were given the opportunity to sit with him while he passed, for which we will always be grateful.
“This is the main reason for me taking part in this event. I have run many miles and many races over the last few years but have never raised money for charity as I enjoy running.
“This, I suspect, won’t be enjoyable, so I felt a good opportunity to raise some money for a worthy cause in my dad’s memory.”
Mr Lucas has set himself a target of £1,000 and has already raised more than £500.
He said: “I would love to exceed this target and raise a huge amount as this will help motivate me through the later part of the race.
“I have never run this distance before, my furthest is 100 kilometres, which I completed last year in 14 hours. That was extremely difficult, so this won’t be an easy challenge.
“There is a saying that you run the first 50 miles with your legs and the second 50 with your head. If this is true then knowing I have raised lots of money will certainly help me keep putting one foot in front of the other till I get to the end.”
Anyone who would like to support Mr Lucas in his challenge by making a donation can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/Guy-Lucas1
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