A SPORTY dad has set himself a marathon challenge – to raise funds for a charity which supported his family.
Dave Evans, 45, of Matlock, will be running the London Marathon in April in aid of Children with Leukaemia.
His son Jasper, now 21, had Leukaemia when he was seven and underwent intensive treatment at the Queens Medical Centre, in Nottingham.
Dave, who works at Matlock Ford, ran the London Marathon last year, for the first time, after only taking up running a few years earlier.
He raised over £2,000 for the charity which he is hoping to match this year.
He said: “Myself and my wife virtually lived on the cancer ward for a year which was very hard but the help we got from Children with Leukaemia was brilliant.
“They provide things like tickets to football matches and we got to meet quite a few famous people.
“I think anything that can put a smile on your child’s face in that situation is a good thing.”
Last year Dave received support from the Sycamore Inn, in Matlock, Matlock Ford, St Joseph’s Primary School, where his wife Colette, 48, works and his daughter Willow, eight, is a pupil, as well as friends and family.
He said: “It was not easy but I was on such a buzz when I got back I decided to apply again.
“I was really pleased with the amount I raised last year and I’m aiming to do the same again.”
Dave, of Wilmot Street, who also has a daughter Poppy, 24, said he was running around 35 miles a week and was hoping to complete the challenge in four and a half hours.
He said: “This is such a serious illness and the charity needs all our help.
“Whether you have children or not most people have come across someone like myself who knows all too well the terrible affects this illness causes.”
To sponsor Dave go to www.virginmoneygiving.com/davidevans2010