A LOCAL retail manager is going the extra mile – literally – by running the London Marathon in memory of a colleague.

Dale Hollifield, manager of Barker and Stonehouse’s outlet store in Knaresborough, hopes to raise £2,000 for the Butterwick Hospice in Stockton by taking part in the race on April 21.

The London Marathon is the largest annual fundraising event on the planet, with participants raising over £500m for good causes since it began in 1981.

Dale, 47 from Billingham, said: “I’ve had several family members and friends who have received support from the Butterwick Hospice, one of which was a colleague, Sharon Young, who passed away recently from bowel cancer and I wanted to do something to boost the funds.

I’ve never done a marathon before but have run about 15 half marathons and am currently training by hitting the pavement and the gym.

“The longest run I’ve done so far is 16.8 miles so while I don’t think I’ll beat Mo Farah, I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Barker and Stonehouse managing director James Barker said: “Being a North East company, we have a strong sense of community spirit and over the last 10 years have raised more than £100,000 for various charities throughout the region.

“The London Marathon is no mean feat and if anyone wants to help raise money for the hospice by sponsoring Dale we’d be very grateful.”

To donate visit Dale’s official sponsorship page: www.justgiving.com/Dale-Hollifield

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Editor’s Notes

The Butterwick Hospice cares for those who have a life-limiting illness, supporting them and their loved ones.