Year 8 Pupil Takes On Charity Marathon Challenge

BES pupil, Thomas Brettle, with his dad and running mate Paul

Year 8 student, Thomas Brettle, started the new year with a desire to do something positive for others and, after much careful thought, he decided to embark on a ‘Run the Month’ charity challenge.

Together with his dad, Paul, he pledged to run a marathon throughout January to raise money to help fund lifesaving research and support for men and their families affected by prostate cancer.

Spurred on by personal experience of cancer amongst family members and friends, Thomas has already completed six miles and is determined to reach, or even exceed, his fundraising target by the end of the month.

Thomas commented: “I know how devastating and upsetting it can be for everyone going through this. By running, I hope to raise money to help beat what is now the most commonly diagnosed type of cancer in the UK that’s responsible for killing one man every 45 minutes.”

With schools closed in the latest UK lockdown, Thomas’s mission to clock up 26.2 miles has also provided a focus and some much-needed physical activity to help him stay fit and healthy.

With the current situation in mind, he said: “Running is extremely good for mental health, wellbeing and general fitness, which I think is very beneficial during these times we find ourselves in.”

To help Thomas raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK, please visit his page here

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