Chris and James Hircombe are training hard for the London Marathon to help raise vital funds for a local charity.

54-year-old chauffer, Stanmore resident and father, Chris Hircombe and his son, James are getting ready to complete this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon challenge on April 24, to raise money for St. Luke's Hospice .

Chris said: “I am very excited to be taking part in the London Marathon after a break of 7 years since my last and only one. I decided to run for St Luke's this time as unfortunately my brother in-law passed away there last January.

“I would describe St Luke's care as extra ordinary, so caring and understanding of individual needs.

“I think other people should support St Luke's not only because of the great care they give, but as I said to someone the other day when I was trying to get a donation from them, we will probably all need a place like St Luke's one day. They did donate!”

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25 year old, James Hircombe says, “I thought the care, effort and time that everyone at St Luke's Hospice gave my uncle in his last couple of months was incredible and motivates me to raise as much money as possible.

“My dad has run the marathon before and this is my first attempt. We have been training for a few months and I am beginning to believe that I can make the full distance. I am looking forward to the challenge of completing the marathon.”

If you are lucky enough to have a place for the Virgin Money London Marathon and you would like to support St Luke’s, Visit www.stlukes-hospice.org/marathon or phone 020 8382 8056.

St Luke’s say they will support you through your marathon journey, invite you in to have a look around the hospice, provide you with a St Luke's running vest and come along to cheer you on.