Postman Mike makes his longest round to raise funds for breast cancer charity
Royal Mail postman and charity fundraiser Mike Chandler, 55, has embarked on a longer round than usual this week to raise funds for breast cancer charity The Haven. Setting off on Tuesday 10th April he began his run to the London marathon from The Haven’s Hereford centre with his route will take him through Ross-on-Wye, Gloucester, Witney, through Buckinghamshire before finally arriving at the London Haven and taking part in the London Marathon on 22nd April.
During his run one of Mike’s overnight stays will be in Witney on Friday 13th April, the town where he grew up and where his mother died of breast cancer. Having lost his mother at an early age, Mike is an avid supporter of The Haven and has already raised £77,000 for the charity. Although having previously completed various long distance bike rides and 12 marathons, this challenge will be his biggest to date.
Running completely unaided without vehicle support Mike is relying on his postman’s trolley which will be filled with supplies and fresh clothing to keep him going until he reaches The Haven in London, a distance of around 150 miles. Mike will then return to Hereford to drop off his trusty trolley before heading back to London to take his place for the London Marathon which he hopes will help him to raise £20,000 for The Haven.
The Haven is the UK’s only charity that offers free, bespoke one-to-one support to improve the quality of life of anyone affected by breast cancer. Offering a wide range of therapies, specialist nurses and experts in nutrition, exercise and emotional support provide tailor-made programmes of care for each Visitor to The Haven. It costs around £1,000 to deliver the charity’s programme to each Visitor.
Mike says: “When my mother was ill (and subsequently died) at just 38 the NHS was great but there was no other support for her or us as a family. The Haven offers that vital support and expert information, counselling and therapies to work alongside and complement the NHS in their three centres nationwide, something I wish had been available when my mother was diagnosed.”
Supporters will be able to keep track of Mike’s journey whilst he’s en-route by following his Twitter account @PostmanMikeC and can donate to Mike’s campaign by visiting: justgiving.com/offmytrolley
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