A GOREFIELD man is running the Edinburgh marathon on May 22 to raise money for two causes close to his heart.
Tim Boyd (45) is fundraising for the Anthony Nolan Trust and Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue, based in Leverington.
He was inspired to raise money for Anthony Nolan after watching a close family friend, Katie Ward, battle lymphoma.
She received a bone marrow transplant from a German donor, matched through the Anthony Nolan Trust, and suggested the charity to Tim as she feels it does not get a lot of exposure.
Tim, who is a March AC runner, said: “I would like to get their profile up for them. I didn’t even know what Anthony Nolan did before what happened to Katie.”
The second charity was Tim’s choice, as he and his wife Pauline got their dog from the Fenland dog rescue.
He said: “We lost our dog over a year ago and then when we started looking for another one, we found the Staffy rescue. We didn’t realise the charity was there.”
Tim and Pauline are now the proud owners of Stig and say Staffies make very loving pets in the right hands, but unfortunately have a stigma attached to them.
Tim is no stranger to marathons, having done London three times, but this will be his first time running in the Scottish capital. He is hoping for some cooler weather, after the recent hot spell, and is looking forward to taking on this latest challenge.
“I will probably have done 500 miles in training by the time the marathon comes around,” he said.
• To donate to Tim, visit www.justgiving.com/TIM-BOYD0 for Anthony Nolan and www.justgiving.com/TimBoyd for the Staffy Rescue.