Hospice fundraiser Paul O’Boyle has run 13 marathons since October 1 and will run a further 14 before the month ends – but the 56-year-old Bournemouth school caretaker said sponsorship has been slower than he had hoped.

Father of one Paul is running 27 marathons for Macmillan Caring Locally’s Brick by Brick appeal, which aims to replace the current, outdated hospice in the grounds of Christchurch Hospital with a more modern and well-equipped end of life facility.

Paul, who suffered horrific injuries in a hit and run incident in 2015 is rising at 2am to run two laps of the Bournemouth Half Marathon course each day – and is even working his regular shift as a school caretaker at The Bishop of Winchester School, Mondays to Fridays.

After completing his 13th consecutive daily marathon this week, he said: “It’s great to be roughly halfway through the challenge and I have been really spurred on by all those people who have kindly sponsored me so far, but I had hoped to have raised more by this stage.”

He added: “I really want to raise £10k for the appeal and hope people will come forward and show their support for what I am doing by donating what they can. Every penny will make a difference.”

Lin Sharp, Capital Appeal Director for Macmillan Caring Locally, said: “When most of us are waking up on these cold dark and rainy mornings, Paul has already run a marathon! He is an absolute hero to everyone at the Unit. Please show your admiration and appreciation for what he is doing and sponsor him today.”

Paul can also be sponsored direct via: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/MarathonMan

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