In a month’s time, runners from across the country will take to the streets of the capital for the annual London Marathon.

Joining the crowds on 26th April at 8am will be local man Richard Williams, from Hitchin, who is taking part in the epic run for the second time for the national disability charity United Response. The charity supports people with learning and physical disabilities, mental health needs and dementia to live the life they choose.

Through his efforts, Richard, 36, is hoping to raise thousands of pounds to help the charity continue its vital work across the country.

He said:

“My Grandad, George, loved sports and was a runner, a boxer and a tennis player, who taught my own Dad to swim and box, and his boxing gloves still hang in my father’s study.

“Sadly, after a long battle with the dreadful illness, George died from dementia in November 2013 and I am raising money for the charity in his memory.”

Richard has been training for the event for many months, and has built up to completing 22-mile training runs. He will be running the 26 miles as part of the charity’s single biggest fundraiser.

“I ran the Marathon for United Response a couple of years ago and am looking forward to competing again.

“Of course, I’m from a sporty family and hope that, with the help of friends and the community, I can raise money to help people like George.”


Find out how we support people with dementia

Visit our events page to get involved in fundraising