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First time marathon man ‘absolutely thrilled’ with support received 

 Published on: 19th May 2019   |   By: News Desk   |   Category: Uncategorized

Previously covered in April’s edition of MyRickyNews, David Holdstock took on the London Marathon on April 28 after months of fundraising for the hospice close to his heart.  

The Margaret Centre Hospice at Whipps Cross Hospital that provides specialist care for people affected by life-limiting illnesses took care of David’s late father. 

Before enduring the 26.2 mile marathon, David spent the day at HOB Salons looking after clients, making teas and coffees and lots of sweeping up. 

David said: “It was a brilliant day, the manager, Natasha, and the team at HOB Salon were all fantastic, everyone was great and they all wore the BARTS t-shirts on the day. 

“I really would like to thank HOB Salon for all that they did and they truly are a great team.”

The total raised from David’s day at the salon was £261 which went towards his target of £2,500. 

On the day, just before the race began, David commented: “I was so nervous because all of those months of training, all the support everyone has shown me, I had such a weight on my shoulders.

“But the crowd is amazing and you soon shake those nerves off. You get complete strangers cheering you on and high-fiving you and shouting your name the atmosphere is indescribable. 

“It’s everything like you expect and nothing like you expect.”

David Holdstock completed the marathon in four hours and 11 minutes and has raised just under £3,000. 

David added: “I can’t thank everyone enough for all the support I’ve been shown building up the marathon. HOB Salon, my friends, neighbours, it’s been so humbling.”

To show David some support and to tip him over the £3,000 mark, visit 

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