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Volunteer John to run Southampton marathon in aid of Communicare

JOHN Linford from Bursledon will be running in the ABP Southampton Marathon event this month (April 2022) in aid of a charity that helps eradicate loneliness in the city of Southampton.

The 49-year-old volunteers for Communicare and often helps isolated service users who need assistance with getting their shopping.

John said: “I have had nothing but a positive experience volunteering with Communicare and have seen first-hand what a valuable service it is. The people I meet are very friendly and extremely grateful that there is someone like me to help them get their basic provisions in.

“As well as getting people’s shopping for them, I thought I would try to raise some money for the charity by signing up to run the 10km part of the Southampton Marathon. I ran last year and am looking forward to running again. Training is going well and I am hoping to achieve a personal best time.”

The ABP Southampton Marathon, which encompasses a 10km, half marathon and full marathon, takes place on Sunday, April 24, 2022 and Communicare is still looking for people to run or walk and fundraise for it.

Annie Clewlow, Communicare Manager, said: “There is still time for people to sign up to run for us. If any confident runners are interested in a new challenge and want to get involved, they can call 023 8250 0050 or email to find out more and to apply.”

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