BOSTON residents are being encouraged to watch out for a local fundraiser running this year’s London Marathon when it appears on TV.
Shea Holland, will be sporting a T-shirt declaring his support for the Butterfly Hospice and Boston Mayor’s charities, when he runs the marathon in April.
Shea, 28, of Tower Road, Boston, was accepted for his first full marathon and is now in serious training for the London run on April 21.
He said: “The London Marathon is a global event and people run it to help all sorts of world charities, but I thought it would be good to keep it local and raise money for local good causes here in Boston.”
He was praised by Boston Mayor, Councillor Colin Brotherton, who waved Shea off on a training run from the Municipal Buildings.
He said: “I don’t think the mayor’s charities have ever had support from a London Marathon runner before.
“Shea has been training really hard and I hope plenty of people will get behind him and offer him sponsorship.”
The charities to benefit will be the Butterfly Hospice, St Barnabas Hospice Boston branch, and DOCATEF (Detection of Cancer and Treatment Equipment Fund).
Shea, partner to Siobhan and full-time father to Codi-Leigh,11; Leo, 6; Oscar, 4 and Kimi, 2, is a qualified fitness instructor and is training to be a personal trainer at the Peter Paine Sports Centre in Boston.
He has completed some 10k runs and will run the Adidas half marathon around the F1 Silverstone track on March 3 in aid of Butterfly Hospice.
Since December he has completed 164 miles of road training, some of it in temperatures down to -7C with frost in his hair.
Local councillor, Carol Taylor is “promoting” Shea with specially-printed t-shirts on order for his London Marathon run publicising Butterfly Hospice and the Boston mayor’s charities.
She said: “When I discovered that Shea was running the marathon for Butterfly Hospice, I asked if he would consider making the Mayor’s charities as his other donation, especially as they were the same theme – cancer prevention, detection and palliative care.”
If you want to help Shea support the mayor’s charities contact Alison Hull, the council’s civic and member services officer on 01205 314511 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org