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Paul Ainsworth

Running the London Marathon

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Three years ago, on 3rd October, my mum lost her soul mate, and my sister and I lost our hero to pancreatic cancer. My dad was my world, he made me the man I am today and taught me the true values of life. Emma was pregnant with Aricie at the time and it's only now that I'm a father myself do I realise how lucky I was to have a dad like mine. He passed on a work ethic that made me determined to make something of my life and in the early days that meant a lot of sacrifice.[/p][p]This year, I have decided to celebrate his life by running in the Virgin Money London Marathon 2019 in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK.[/p][p]At the slightly daunting thought of running 26 miles, one of my best friends Graham Senior generously offered to be my running partner and I'm so happy we're going to take on this challenge together. Graham and I first became friends when we were both working at Careys Manor where he took me under his wing. Since then he has become one of our closest family friends and at many times a safety net for all of us. I'm so lucky to be running alongside Graham in April and wouldn't be able to do it without him. [/p][p]The last few days of my dad's life were hell. It was like watching someone you love more than anything being murdered right in front of your eyes. We felt helpless. Dad was completely robbed of his life by this horrible disease and sadly one person dies from cancer every hour. [/p][p]I started training for the London Marathon in February in the hope I'd be accepted. I was 18 stone and needed to make a change fast. I've shed some timber and now can run 6 miles in just under 1 hour. I have a long way to go but the memory of my dad keeps me going.[/p][p]I am looking to raise up to ยฃ30,000 for Pancreatic Cancer UK. This disease is the 5th biggest cancer killer and has the lowest survival rate of all the 20 common cancers. Please help me raise as much money as I can and I promise you that a chubby working-class lad from Southampton will run 26 miles. My goal isn't to focus on a time but to run non-stop and finish. [/p][p]Two days before my dad passed, I sat by his bed side and he held my hand tight and asked me to look after my mum, Michelle, Emma and not to miss out on my child growing up. He told me how proud he was of me and to keep making him proud. [/p][p]Dad, this one's for you mate. [/p][p]However small or large, your donation will mean the world and hopefully together we can kick cancer's ass. [/p][p]Thank you so much,[/p][p]Paul and Graham[/p]
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May 21, 2019


May 17, 2019

Sam Turner

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

May 13, 2019


Conratulations from all the Ramsays! xxxxxxxx

£500.00 plus £125.00 Gift Aid

May 5, 2019


Well done Paul Richard , Paula , Oliver .

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

May 3, 2019

Nigel Palmer

Well Done Paul a fantastic effort.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

May 2, 2019

Stephen McCullagh

Well done mate. Great achievement for a great cause!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

May 2, 2019

Jane and Steve

Well done Graham and Paul, from all of the catering team at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton

£80.00 plus £20.00 Gift Aid

May 1, 2019

Your loving inlaws

Well done mate it was a fantastic day, I was never in doubt that you would not achieve this. the iceing on the cake for us was to be there and see you complete another challenge in life xx ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿ‘Š


May 1, 2019

Jan blackmore

Well done Paul youโ€™re the best!

Apr 30, 2019


Congratulations chef great effort and great cause.

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid