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Paul Kelly

London Marathon 2019 for the British Lung Foundation

I will be taking part in the 2019, London Marathon for British Lung Foundation because this charity is very close to my heart.

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London Marathon #TeamBreathe 2019

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Charity Registration No. England and Wales 326730, Scotland SC 038415

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Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.  Here is my story and an insight in to why I am putting myself through 8 months of early mornings, runs in the cold and rain and eventually 26 miles of hell...

I have always had a passion for sport and fitness but over the years, like the majority of people, I have found it hard to find time to exercise and keep fit. Even more so since Florence and Lola, my daughters were born.

Watching the London Marathon last spring inspired me.  Of course the idea of running the marathon and taking part in such a historic event is appealing in itself.  However last years marathon coincided with my father in law, Ron, returning home from hospital, with a diagnosis of terminal COPD.  COPD is a progressive lung disease, which although treatable, still remains incurable.    

Sadly this is not the first time I have experienced losing someone I love to lung disease.  At 14 I lost my grandad, John, to lung cancer.  Although 16 years have passed, the impact of his absence still remains with my family and I everyday.  Taken long before his years, to a painful, cruel disease.  

Watching the sadness my wife and our family were experiencing, slowly losing a much loved husband, father and grandfather, so early in his life.  As well as the knowledge of all of the moments, events and celebrations my grandad has been missing from, inspired me to apply to run for the British Lung Foundation.  To build something positive from something so sad.  

The British Lung Foundation are an incredible charity, that use donations to actively fund research and support those affected by lung disease.  Running on there behalf, makes me very proud.

Running the London marathon is going to be the biggest challenge of my life so far and I am excited and humbled to be taking part in April 2019.

I would love for you to follow my journey and get involved in the events that I will be organising to raise money.  Of course it would also be great if you could spare something to donate to such a worthy cause.  Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this, your support is really appreciated...

Paul

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  • Last summer with Florence and Lola, my girls and my reason for pushing to achieve more.
  • Ron and I, the fondest memory I hold and 6 years before Ron was diagnosed with terminal COPD. +3

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