WEALTH consultant Adrian Mee hopes his latest investment will yield bumper dividends – for a charity battling breast cancer.
Adrian, 38, is banking on the hours of training he’s put in to get him through the London Marathon – his first attempt at the 26.2 mile distance.
And driving him on is the £4,000 sponsorship challenge he’s set himself in aid of Breast Cancer Now (BCN), which helps fund vital research into the disease.
Adrian, who has worked for Mattioli Woods since 2001, said: “We’ve had a couple of colleagues affected by cancer over the years.
“When something like that happens, it really brings it home to you how indiscriminate it is. It’s so important organisations like BCN exist if we are ever to eradicate it”.
Adrian, who is married and lives in Burbage, has previously only competed in half-marathons and the Mattioli Woods-sponsored Rothley 10k.
He plans to do much of the April 23 run with former workmate Andy Broad in a target time of under four hours.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and to combine it with the chance to help an organisation as important as BCN makes it extra special,” he said.
“In all honesty, I don’t particularly enjoy running but to come down The Mall in front of all those people will be a pretty special feeling. It’s the bit I’m really looking forward to”.
Adrian is now scaling back his training programme to shorter distances in the build up to the annual event.
He said: “It’s all gone well and I have a 20-mile run under my belt. I’m now concentrating on things like strengthening exercises and muscle building and conditioning.
“I’ve had great support from my colleagues at Mattioli Woods in terms of sponsorship, but I’m continuing to try to raise as much as I can. I’d appreciate any donations I can get”.
*You can support Adrian’s marathon effort by sponsoring him here.
MATTIOLI Woods adopted Breast Cancer Now (BCN) as its first ever national charity in 2015.
Since then, staff at the company’s offices across the UK have raised thousands of pounds to help fund its work.
BCN brings together all those affected by breast cancer to improve the way it is prevented, detected and treated. Its aim is to move from a time when people fear breast cancer to a generation where all suffers survive.
Its corporate partnership officer Lydia Amartey said: “We are so grateful for Adrian’s support. We hope his London Marathon run will be a big success, while raising much-needed funds for breast cancer research”.
She added: “Breast cancer is a devastating disease that still cuts short the lives of around 11,500 women and 80 men each year. We want to change that.
“With every bike ride, marathon that’s run and skydive that’s done, we’re powering research that’s finding new ways to prevent, detect and treat breast cancer until the day when we stop it once and for all.
“With supporters like Adrian by our side we can make it happen faster. We wish him the very best in the London Marathon.”