Marathon runner raises £700 for children’s cancer charity

steve wardle
steve wardle

A NEWTHORPE resident ran the London Marathon and raised £700 for a local charity.

Steve Wardle, 55, raised the money for Ben’s Den – a charity set up by the parents of a 13-year-old boy from Ilkeston who died of cancer.

The 55-year-old said: “It went very well. It was a really good day. I was alright until mile 23 and that must have been the wall. The last couple of miles was a slog but I got there in the end!”

Mr Wardle, of Kirkby Road, Newthorpe, said money is still coming in and he hopes to raise £1,000.

Ben’s Den was set up by Tracey and Darren Parker from Ilkeston after their son, Ben, died of Leukaemia in 2003.

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

Mr Wardle’s wife works with Ben’s cousin, which is how he got to know about the charity.

Mr Wardle, who had only ever ran a half marathon until he took on the challenge earlier this month, has now applied to run the London marathon again next year.