It’s the final three-day count-down as deputy headteacher Phil Denton prepares to take part in the UK’s third largest running event, the London Marathon, on 26 April 2015.
Phil, a Ss Peter and Paul parishioner in Salford, is raising money for CAFOD, a charity that works with local partners across the world to promote development and eradicate poverty. His initial fund-raising target of £2,500 has been well exceeded and he is now just short of his new target of £3,500 (you can access Phil’s Just Giving page here). He raised over £1200 through a series of parish activities, including a quiz night, a cake bake and two soup lunches.
This is the first time Phil is taking part in an organised run but he is not dwarfed by the challenge. He says, “This is an incredible challenge which I know I will only be able to achieve with the support of friends and family. I’ve never ran any sort of organised race but am committed to doing this in support of the great work that CAFOD do around the world.” He adds, “It’s a lifelong ambition of mine to run a marathon and I’m a big advocate for self-belief. If you really want to do something and believe you can do it, you can achieve it. It’s a fantastic feeling to run the marathon for a great cause like CAFOD, but it’s also a challenge to your mind and body.”
Ged Edwards, CAFOD Salford’s diocesan manager, wishes Phil well and encourages others to support him. He says, “Please keep Phil in your prayers in the coming weeks and, if you would like to support Phil’s efforts financially, please contact CAFOD’s Salford office or visit Phil’s Just Giving page.”
The UK government is matching donations made to CAFOD until 18 May 2015, for up to a total of £5 million.