Marathon challenge to help Ben’s Den

Eastwood man Steve Wardle is running the London marathon raising money for Bens den.
Eastwood man Steve Wardle is running the London marathon raising money for Bens den.

AN EASTWOOD man is running the London marathon to raise money for a local charity.

Steve Wardle, 55, is aiming to raise £1,000 for Ben’s Den – a charity set up by the parents of a 13-year-old boy who died of cancer.

Mr Wardle, of Kirby Road, Newthorpe, said: “I thought if someone could get some benefit out of it, it would be really nice if it was a local charity.

“It would be nice to get £1,000, but obviously I want to get as much as possible.

“My wife works with Ben’s cousin, Nicola Tonra, and it was all organised through her.”

Ben’s Den, or the Ben Parker Trust Fund, was set up in 2003 by Tracey and Darren Parker after their son, Ben, died of Leukaemia.

The money raised by the charity has so far paid for two caravans at the Havens Site in Mablethorpe for children with cancer to holiday with their families. All of the donations now go towards the running costs of the caravans and to pay for furnishings including games consoles and televisions.

Mr Parker said: “We’re really pleased he’s chosen Ben’s Den. It’s always nice to hear that people want to raise money for the charity.”

A half marathon is the most Mr Wardle has ever done before.

“I’ve not done a full marathon,” he said.

“I will be nervous as it gets nearer. I keep looking at the calendar and there’s only 90 odd days to go! It’s a long way, but I’ll do it.”

To make a donation visit virginmoneygiving.com/stevewardle.

The caravans are available to children being treated at hospitals in Nottingham or Sheffield.