A Staffordshire Moorlands man is running this year’s London Marathon to raise money for a Parkinson’s charity. Robert Sillito, aged 34, is due to run the London Marathon on October 2 and is raising money for Parkinson’s UK.
A Staffordshire Moorlands man is running this year’s London Marathon to raise money for a Parkinson’s charity.
Robert Sillito, aged 34, is due to run the London Marathon on October 2 and is raising money for Parkinson’s UK.
Robert, a psychiatric nurse from Leek, told the Leek & Moorlands Echo: “I chose Parkinson’s UK as both my grandad and my fiancé’s grandad had Parkinson’s for a long time before they passed away.
“So I have seen firsthand how much of an impact Parkinson’s can have on a person but also their family.
“Parkinson’s is a very life changing illness and I feel by raising money we can hopefully help people living with it and also help to find a cure.”
Robert trains and runs with STOKE F.I.T which meets every Monday and Wednesday.
He said: “They are an amazing, supportive bunch of friends.
“Marathon training is going well. Hard work but I’m enjoying it.
“I’m running an average 30 plus miles a week and it’s been especially hard in this hot weather.”
Robert also ran the Potters Arf on June 12 and is due to run the Great North Run on September 11.
Encouraging people to donate to the cause, Robert said: “Currently if people sponsor me at least five pounds, they can sponsor more if they want, they can suggest a costume for me to wear at the Great North Run and then the suggestion will go into a prize draw and whatever comes out, I will wear.
“I need to raise £2,100 for Parkinson’s UK before the end of November.”
Robert’s mother, Liz Gouldsmith, said: “I’m just really proud of him and for him to be able to do this is a really big achievement.
“He’s really stuck with it and it’s always daunting waiting for him at the finish line but when we do see him, it’s really pleasing.
“Doing it in memory of my dad really means a lot and I can’t explain how proud I am of him.”
Robert continued: “I would like to thank the people at Stoke F.I.T for all the encouragement and support.
“I would like to thank a coach that has done me a training program to support me running for Parkinson’s – Ben Russell.
“He has been amazing with the program but also helping with coaching.”
If you would like to know more about Ben Russell’s fitness training, go online to: www.benrussellfitnesscoach.co.uk.
Robert added: “I would like to thank all my friends and family for sponsoring me and mostly I would like to thank my Fiancé, Laura, who puts up with me going out at all hours running to get me ready for the marathon.”
If you would like to donate to Robert’s fundraising, go online to: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rob-sillito-tri-marathon-alon.
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