North East Lincolnshire Council Chief Executive Rob Walsh is heading into the final stages of his London Marathon training, as he prepares to tackle the big race on Sunday 28 April to raise funds for St Andrew’s Hospice.

Rob attended the hospice’s corporate launch event on Tuesday 9 April, but instead of just networking with the other business leaders and influencers from across Lincolnshire and the East Riding, Rob also took to his treadmill to display some of the running skills that he will be utilising to complete the marathon.

“I have come to the hospice and decided to get sweaty on the treadmill,” said Rob.

“But if people look at what I am doing and think ‘that’s something I can do’ or feel the desire to donate to the hospice, then it is fully worth it.”

Rob also took part in one of the hospice’s show-rounds – a tour of the services at the Peaks Lane site in Grimsby.

He added: “As a local person, I thought I knew everything about the hospice and what they do for people.

“That was until I went for a look around the service – now I really do feel I understand everything about what St Andrew’s does.

“There was so much that the hospice does that I wasn’t aware of – I would urge anyone who wants to find out more about what the charity does to book on a show-round because it is truly eye-opening.”

Rob is the hospice’s official charity runner for 2019, a position the council CEO is delighted to hold.

“It is the hospice’s 40th year, so when I was approached to be the official charity entrant in the London Marathon for St Andrew’s, then I jumped at the chance.

“If I can use my position in the local community to do something lasting for the hospice, then the 26 miles I have to run will be more than worthwhile.”

Local businesses Dock Beers, myenergi and Raven Drones have pledged their support to Rob’s cause, and he has passed the £3,000 fundraising mark already.

For more information on Rob’s run, or to sponsor him, please visit https://standre.ws/robwalsh.

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