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Oh GOSH, dad smashes his


fundraising target A


local dad has thanked all those who sponsored his marathon effort and helped


him smash his fundraising target. Andy Vincent has finished tallying up


donations which have topped £2,500 — his original target was £2,012. He has also signed up for next year‘s


marathon. Andy had a special reason for running the


London Marathon in aid of Great Ormond Street hospital. His youngest daughter had brain surgery there when she was six months old and continues to be monitored by the hospital. Now four years old, Andy‘s daughter is doing


well and enjoying school. He and his wife wanted to give something back


to the hospital who helped her. Andy said: ―I wanted to run a marathon before


I was 40 and my 40th birthday is the day before the marathon next year so it was my last chance. I also wanted to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital.‖ Andy said that in terms of the marathon the


hardest part was all the training involved with the actual day passing in an emotional blur. He had hoped for a time of around four hours


but his knee gave way at the 15 mile mark. He said ―The crowd pulled me through the pain barrier and I was back up running and smiling and completed it in 4 hours 17 minutes which I


Andy Vincent who ran the London Marathon in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).


am really pleased with. I have already entered for next year so fingers crossed I get in as I would love to break the four hour barrier.‖ Much of Andy‘s sponsorship money came from


charity tins which a friend placed in 12 pubs in and around London. The tins were accompanied by a handwritten


letter from Andy‘s daughter asking people to sponsor her ―Daddy for the Marathon‖ and one of them had more than £150 in it. Andy said: ―My daughter is really proud of me


and I would highly recommend running or at least watching the marathon as it is the best British atmosphere I've ever experienced.‖ Andy is still collecting sponsorship. If you


would l ike to support him visit www.justgiving.com/vinniethehornet. by Linda Anderson


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