No stranger to a challenge, Gary was already a keen cyclist and swimmer but it wasn’t until three years ago that a friend persuaded him to start running by doing Couch to 5K and he hasn’t looked back. Now a keen runner, his goal has always been to take part in the London Marathon and to raise funds for Barchester’s Charitable Foundation which helps older people and those with disabilities stay connected with their local communities.
Speaking about his motivation to do the event, Gary comments: “I turned 50 this year and I have always wanted to do the London Marathon, now that I am running regularly I thought, why not! I hope me running the marathon will inspire others to get out and run, it is so good for clearing your mind – there’s nothing better than getting out into the fresh air. Barchester’s Charitable Foundation is such a worthwhile cause and it is a lovely feeling to be able to help out and raise much needed funds. It is going to be tough to get round 26 miles but the support of everyone here and the thought of all the money I’m raising will help me get over the finish line. "
Everyone at Wimborne Care Home is behind Gary and wishing him well. On August 20th the care home is hosting a summer fete for residents, their friends and family and all the community, there will be stalls, games and activities for all the family. Please do come along and meet Gary to show him your support, or sponsor Gary using this link.