A KEEN runner from Greenford is taking on his first marathon in memory of his grandfather.
Amrik Sekhon, 26, of Betham Road, is running the London Marathon next month to raise money for Meadow House Hospice, which is in the grounds of Ealing Hospital.
The IT analyst said: “I had won a place through the ballot, and I wanted to do the marathon for a local cause. My grandfather had cancer and spent some time at Meadow House before he died in 2005, so it seemed a natural choice.”
Mr Sekhon’s grandfather, Gurinder Singh Bajwa, was 64 when he died. This will be Mr Sekhon’s first marathon and he said his training is going well.
“I had done a mini-triathlon for Sport Relief, and that took about an hour. I’ve been training for 12 weeks now, on three or four nights a week. On Saturday I did a practice run and ran 20 miles in under three hours.”
Meadow House, which opened in 1987, is a hospice that offers services to people from Ealing and Hounslow. It aims to provide both physical and psychological care to its patients.
The hospice is run by the NHS but relies on charitable donations for the upkeep of the building and to enable it to provide enhanced comfort for patients.
The Virgin London Marathon takes place on April 21. You can donate money and keep track of Mr Sekhon’s progress at www.justgiving.com/Amrik-Sekhon
? For more information about Meadow House, go to www.meadowhousehospice.org.uk