11:48am Wednesday 17th April 2013
By Jaber Mohamed
A man planning to run the London Marathon has not been deterred by the bombings in Boston - and says it has made him more determined to go the distance.
Huw Edwards, of London Road in Harrow, is taking part in the endurance race this Sunday to raise £3,000 for St Mark's Hospital to help fight bowel cancer after he lost his grandfather to the disease.
Mr Edwards' grandmother and cousin are also battling bowel cancer and Sunday’s marathon with coincide with his cousin finishing his course of chemotherapy.
The dedicated runner prepared for the endurance run by completing the Paris Marathon on April 7, and says Monday's events in Boston - in which three people were killed and more than 170 injured by two bombs near the finish line - have made him more determined to race.
He said: “I was shocked by what happened in Boston but these terrible events make me more determined to take part and complete the distance.
“The best way of showing solidarity with the victims is to take part on Sunday.”
Mr Edwards, 29, works as an accountant for the North West London Hospital Trust and will be donating the money to St Mark’s Hospital, which specialises in treating bowel disease.
He has raised almost £1,000 so far and will have run more than 520 miles in the last three months.
He said: “I know people who suffer with bowel diseases and I see the great work St Mark’s do and felt compelled to help."
For more information and to donate please visit www.justgiving.com/parislondonhuw
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