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Dad to run 40 marathons for Sheffield Children’s Hospital

Damian Thacker and Sheffield Childrens Hospital mascot Theo

Damian Thacker and Sheffield Childrens Hospital mascot Theo

A dad has pledged to run 40 marathons in 40 weeks to raise funds for Sheffield Children’s Hospital in honour of his little boy.

A dad has pledged to run 40 marathons in 40 weeks to raise funds for Sheffield Children’s Hospital in honour of his little boy.

Damian Thacker set himself the monster challenge to thank the burns unit staff who cared for his son, Jem, after he accidentally knocked hot tea over himself last year.

The two-year-old suffered burns to his face, right shoulder, arm and abdomen, which needed months of treatment.

He was able to return home after 10 days and has made an excellent recovery, although he still has to wear a compression suit and have regular check-ups.

Damian, aged 40, said: “After seeing how well Jem was looked after, I just wanted to give something back to the unit.

“With it being my 40th birthday this year I just thought ‘why not go for 40 marathons’.

“I think my wife thought I was mad, but she agreed it was a very worthy cause and meant a lot to the both of us.”

Athletics enthusiast Damian, of Hathersage, is set to complete his marathon of marathons on Jem’s third birthday at the beginning of December.

He has completed five so far and already raised hundreds of pounds towards the good cause.

David Vernon-Edwards, Children’s Hospital Charity director, said: “The huge challenge Damian is undertaking shows true determination. One marathon is no easy feat, but 40 in as many weeks will be an amazing achievement.

“The money raised from this event in particular will go towards our burns unit where Jem was treated.

* Sponsor Damian at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/40in40.

 

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