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A 67-year-old runner who has had two hip replacements is set to tackle the London Marathon next year.

wantspacegotspace.co.uk - A 67-year-old runner who has had two hip replacements is set to tackle the London Marathon next year.For Derek Ward, Sales Manager at business management training company, Focus Management for Business on Ransom Wood Business Park, Mansfield, it will be the third time he has take on the gruelling 26-mile race through the streets of the capital.

He has started a 24 week training programme in preparation for the challenge which has SMART objectives.

It is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time bound which fit the principles of Focus when discussing training needs with clients.

He has chosen a local charity, Mansfield’s Jigsaw Support Scheme - which supports vulnerable people in the region - to raise funds for their Befriending Scheme.

Derek says “I’ve benefitted from two hip replacements and I still work but not everybody is as lucky as me. I took on the challenge to help Jigsaw to raise funds to run its Befriending Project which makes a huge difference to people not well enough to leave the house.

“Without the project, many of Jigsaw’s service users wouldn’t have a meaningful conversation throughout their entire week.”

Volunteers visit the most vulnerable and isolated people once a week to offer friendship and companionship. Jigsaw were winners of Mansfield 2020’s community Award 2013.

Derek has set a target of £2,000 and is calling on people to think about sponsoring him now via http://www.localgiving.com/jigsawsupport

This website is doubling all donations right now so if you sponsor Derek £10 it will mean £22.50 for Jigsaw at no extra cost to you.

Posted by The Editor (wantspacegotspace) on 18th November 2013

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