Going the extra mile to help good causes
CLIVE Prickett is training hard for next month’s London Marathon. Mr Prickett, a squadron quartermaster based at 18 Transport and Movement Squadron Royal Logistics Corps in Shorncliffe, Folkestone, is hoping to raise money for the Pilgrims’ Hospice. He said: “I chose the hospice because it is a local charity and like most people my age I’m starting to see people I know who are using its facilities.” Mr Prickett, of Bradbridge Green, Singleton, ran in last year’s marathon, raising more than £1,500. He said: “I recently ran in half marathons at Hastings and Brands Hatch and I’ve been training by getting up at 5am on Sundays and running by 7am.” Anyone wanting to sponsor Mr Prickett can contact him at 01303 225253 or 07766 547656. EXPERIENCED runner and fitness fanatic Graham Silcock is taking part in the London Marathon on April 22 in aid of Ashford Citizens Advice.
Mr Silcock, of Kennington, is a self-employed builder and well-known in the trade locally.
A self-confessed workaholic and keep-fit addict, he is putting in extra training sessions by attending his fitness club each day and building up his stamina by running every other day with longer runs of 15 miles plus at weekends.
Now 63, he ran his first London Marathon at 60 and claims he wants to be still running it when he is 90.
He has chosen the CAB, where he has completed building work, as his char- ity this year and is looking for sponsors.
Ashford and Tenterden Bureau dealt with more than 8,000 inquiries last year ranging from employment, debt, benefits to housing and many more areas. Citizens Advice is an impartial, free and legally-based advice and information service available to all residents of the borough.
He said: “People do not generally appreciate the fact that the bureau is a charity and 90 per cent of the advisors are volunteers who, after training, give their time freely to the service and the community.”
Extra funds are needed to employ specialists to respond to an increasing local need for debt advice.
Sponsorship forms are available from their offices in Norwood Street, Ashford, and in Tenterden Town Hall. RICHARD Swayne from Smeeth will be making his first attempt at the London Marathon and is running for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. Mid-Kent College student Richard is studying motor vehicle repair and this will be his first full marathon although he finished a half distance race earlier this month in a respectable time of just over two hours. He has been concentrating on training on the North Downs and would welcome donations to help youngsters with serious illness and disability via www.justgiving.com/ richardswayne
Clive Prickett, who is to run in the London Marathon, pictured with daughter Alexandra
Kennington London Marathon runner Graham Silcock
Marathon runner Richard Swayne