Staff member Paul Twamley is running the London Marathon to raise money for a cancer charity in recognition of a Brooke Weston colleague who is battling leukaemia. Paul started his fundraising effort in assembly and he plans to raise thousands for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, with money raised at this week’s Christmas market boosting his total.
Already he has received generous sponsorship from Rodger's Coaches, who have kindly donated a bus to allow colleagues to travel to London to support Paul on the big day, and, further sponsorship and donations will be gratefully received.
Paul decided on the charity as Jean Cowley, who has worked in the restaurant for years, was recently diagnosed with leukaemia and is undergoing treatment. In tribute to Jean, and to boost his fundraising, Paul plans to dress as her for the entire race, donning a wig, hairnet, lipstick, and, if he gets enough money pledged, he plans to even run in a skirt.
Paul said: ‘I had always wanted to do the London marathon, so I would always enter on the off-chance that I would get in so, when I got that letter in October I started my running up again and now I am up to 11 miles without stopping. The offer from Rodgers Coaches is extremely generous as several members of staff have expressed an interest in going down there, so if they pay £5 for their places on the bus that will be another boost to the fund raising.’
Paul told the students in assembly: ‘You all know Jean, she is the one with the great big smile on her face and she is renowned for her lipstick, so that is why I wanted to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. Ultimately our thoughts are with Jean and we are all wishing her a very speedy recovery.’