Firefighter on the run for charity

PUBLISHED: 13:10 02 April 2009 | UPDATED: 16:01 11 May 2010

Paul and Lucy Smith with Samuel and Mulberry Bush Appeal fundraiser Maggie Hackney

Paul and Lucy Smith with Samuel and Mulberry Bush Appeal fundraiser Maggie Hackney

A FIREFIGHTER will be taking part in the gruelling London Marathon on April 26 to raise money for a charity which supports his two-year-old son who has special needs. Paul Smyth, 31, of Fieldfare Way in Royston, is hoping to raise £1,000 for The Mulberry

A FIREFIGHTER will be taking part in the gruelling London Marathon on April 26 to raise money for a charity which supports his two-year-old son who has special needs.

Paul Smyth, 31, of Fieldfare Way in Royston, is hoping to raise £1,000 for The Mulberry Bush Appeal, which supports Danestrete Child Development Centre in Stevenage.

His son, Samuel, was born prematurely, weighing just two pounds. Paul said: "He has various special needs and uses the centre for physio and occupational therapy.

"He has benefited from their expertise and equipment, which are helping him to fulfil his potential.

"By running the London Marathon I am hoping that I can raise a substantial amount of money so other little boys and girls can benefit from the same care that my Samuel does."

This is Paul's first marathon and he hopes to complete the course in less than four hours.

The Barnet firefighter said his training is going well. "I'm running eight minute miles. I went out and did 18 miles in 2 hours 23 minutes, and I have to run 20 miles this Sunday."

To sponsor him, visit www.justgiving.com/paulsmyth2

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