AN ARMY officer from Wigan is hoping to raise money for Asthma UK by running the London Marathon.
Captain Carl Walsh will run the famous 26 mile course in April, despite suffering from asthma himself, and is aiming to raise over £1,500.
The 42-year-old, who lives in Pemberton, was first diagnosed with the condition in 1991, but is still a keen sportsman, who aims to help some of the 5.2 million asthma sufferers in the UK by taking part in the 30th annual race.
Captain Walsh, a training instructor with the Adjutant General’s Corps, said: “This is my first London Marathon and a real challenge; I am somewhat older than I was when I ran my last marathon. My mother, son and I all suffer from Asthma and so I am acutely aware of the affects that Asthma can have on people’s lives – but I have learnt to take control of my Asthma and now there’s no stopping me!
“Fund-raising for Asthma UK is really important to me, as I know I am helping others to take control of their asthma and reduce the effect that it has on their lives. This year my target is to raise £1,500.”
If you would like to sponsor Captain Carl Walsh on the marathon or make a donation, visit justgiving.com/carl-walsh or contact the Asthma UK London Marathon Hotline on 020 7786 5000.