Toolstation’s retail director in Melksham, Simon Robinson, ran the London Marathon on Sunday to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Simon is based in Melksham, sits on the Toolstation board and is responsible for the company’s 550+ stores, contact centre and much more. He ran the 26.2 miles in a personal best of 4:19:14, the third consecutive time he has run the race. Toolstation’s target is to raise over £100k from this year’s race.
“I started running to fundraise for Macmillan back in 2021,” he said. “Doing my bit to help raise funds for Macmillan is something I’m really passionate about, especially during the cost-of-living crisis. They are helping people when they need it most.
“I’m really proud of the whole team’s achievement. There were personal bests all round! Not only was completing my third consecutive London Marathon an incredibly satisfying personal achievement, but to have raised £90k so far for such an important cause is even better. It means we’re well on track to hit our target. Let’s see about next year a little later!”
Simon had completed seven half marathon races this year and ran an average of 16-18 miles every weekend and totalling 35-40 miles per week in preparation for the marathon.
Macmillan provides practical, financial and emotional support to those living with cancer throughout the UK, a topic that’s close to Simon and his colleagues.
Kate Goldman-Toomey from Macmillan Cancer Support, said, “We’re incredibly grateful to all the Toolstation runners like Simon to raise vital funds. Macmillan receives 98% of its income from donations thanks to the generosity of the public. This support helps Macmillan to continue doing whatever it takes to give people living with cancer the support they need, when they need it most.”
Simon was joined on his run by Toolstation colleagues Steve Bellamy and Malgorzata Krawczyk who also ran personal bests in 3:52:08 and 4:23:39.
Supporters are welcome to donate to the fundraising at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/teamtoolstation2023
Since the launch of their partnership back in 2020 Toolstation has raised over £1.5 million for Macmillan.