Simon Richardson, of InXpress Derby & Nottingham, is running this year’s London Marathon for a cause very close to his heart, Scope.
Simon’s son, Oliver, has cerebral palsy, as a result of complications during birth; he is also on the autistic spectrum. Not one to allow this to limit him, Simon and his amazingly supportive wife Sarah, have done as much as they can to give their son the strongest chance at life, even fundraising the required amount for a life-changing operation. Without the support of family and friends, along with the generosity of strangers, Oliver would be in a wheelchair now.
Using his generous nature to give back, Simon will be running the London Marathon. His chosen charity is Scope, a disability equality charity in England and Wales, who offer practical information and emotional support to families, and campaign relentlessly to create a fairer society, something close to his heart.
Simon has previously raised money for Scope, and this time hopes to raise a further £2,000 for them, but says it’s not going to be easy, “The furthest I've ever run, is 18 miles. I haven’t run competitively for 20 years. I’m juggling training for it with running my InXpress franchise, and being with Oliver and my three daughters. I try to aim for a two or three hour run each day, although it can be difficult to find the motivation to go out running, at the end of a tough day. I have to remind myself why I’m doing it, which keeps me going. As a father, it is important for me to be there to put my children to bed, when I return home.”
The London Marathon takes place on Sunday 28th April. To sponsor him, donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/simonandthelondonmarathon2019