Student aims to raise £2000 for hospital appeal

Posted by pt91 at Feb 07, 2012 11:50 AM |
First-year student from the Wirral aims to take part in the London Marathon

A University of Leicester student hopes to run the London marathon and raise £2,000 for a new children and young people's cancer ward at the Leicester Royal Infirmary.

First year modern languages student Matthew Dacombe has been training hard for the 26.2 mile run on April 22, and aims to raise funds for Leicester Hospitals' Our Space appeal.

The 19-year-old, originally from West Kirby on the Wirral, lives in the University's Mary Gee halls of residence on Ratcliffe Road.

He has run regularly for the last four years and is reaching 15 miles in practice runs – though he has not attempted a marathon before.

He said: “I decided in January that I wanted to do something big in 2012, especially as it is quite a big sporting year.

“It is going to be tough getting out there and doing it but once I am in the swing it is easier, and because it is such a good cause I will have the motivation to keep going. I think raising the total of £2,000 will be harder than running the marathon itself!

Matthew is aiming to organise an X Factor-style singing competition at the student's union to help raise money for the run.

“The Our Space appeal is definitely an important cause for people to get behind. I think improving the facilities for children and young people at the hospital would really make a positive difference in the local area.”

The Our Space appeal aims to transform the children and young people's cancer unit on ward 27 at Leicester Royal Infirmary. The appeal aims to raise at least £1.4 million by summer, 2012.

Anyone wishing to make contributions can visit Matthew's Just Giving page at or call him on 07866862134.


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