Whittlesey teen prepares to run London Marathon in aid of Sue Ryder Care

Whittlesey teen, Ben Harding, is preparing to race in the London Marathon this April.

Whittlesey teen, Ben Harding, is preparing to race in the London Marathon this April. - Credit: Archant

A Whittlesey teenager is preparing himself for the London Marathon where he’ll be raising funds for a charity close to his family’s heart.

Ben Harding’s position in the race was secured by Sue Ryder Care and a fundraising target of £1,700 has been set. But the 19-year-old hopes to further that number and raise £2,000.

He has already raised £175 on a crowdfunding page and supporters are leaving encouraging messages. One said: “Good luck Ben, fantastic opportunity for a brilliant cause”.

Another said: “I know you’ll do well, run Forest run.”

Ben has organised a coffee morning to be held at the Childers Social Club in Whittlesey on March 24 where he will be selling homemade cakes, refreshments and running a raffle to reach his goal.

Peterborough United FC donated a home shirt signed by the team as a prize for the raffle and Ben hopes to get support from his work at BGL Customer Services, an insurance company based in Peterborough.

To donate, visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ben-harding5