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Intrepid Haverhill man sets his sights on a 300km journey for charity




A Haverhill man has set himself the challenge of either running or cycling 10km every day in September to raise money for charity.

On alternate days in the month, Mark Crouch will complete 10km either on foot or in the saddle (equivalent to completing about seven marathons) in order to raise funds for Hope for Tomorrow.

The charity operates mobile cancer care units that allow people to receive treatment closer to home without the need to make long journeys to hospital.

Mark Crouch with his bike and the vest he will be wearing while completing his charity challenge for Hope for Tomorrow. Contributed photo
Mark Crouch with his bike and the vest he will be wearing while completing his charity challenge for Hope for Tomorrow. Contributed photo

Mark, a workforce planning manager for insurance company Hastings Direct, was motivated to raise money for the charity after learning that it had helped the father of a good friend in Mildenhall, who died of cancer last year.

Mark, who will turn 43 on September 22, said: “I knew he had had a lot of treatment for cancer and I said to my friend that I wanted to do something for charity because I’m doing a lot of running and I want to raise some money for the charity that helped your dad.”

The dad-of-two had been playing football but four years ago he tore knee ligaments and after recovering took up running instead.

The Suffolk Mobile Chemotherapy Unit operated by the Hope for Tomorrow charity.
The Suffolk Mobile Chemotherapy Unit operated by the Hope for Tomorrow charity.

He runs once or twice a week and in the spring completed half-marathons in Cambridge and Haverhill.

Nikki Budding, fund-raising manager for Hope for Tomorrow, said: “We would like to thank Mark for taking on this mammoth challenge throughout September in support of Hope for Tomorrow.

“What he is planning to do is so inspiring and all of the team at the charity are full of admiration of him.

“His kind support will go to ‘keeping our wheels turning’ and helping us bring quality cancer care into the heart of the community via our Mobile Units.

“We wish him well and will be proudly following his progress.”

To donate to Mark go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mark-crouch1



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