Jonathan Fisher has raised a staggering £3,000 for homelessness charity, Open Door, by running the 2019 London Marathon last month.
The St Albans man is no stranger to running the 26.2 mile race as he ran the London Marathon in 2017 for Breast Cancer Care.
Comparing it to his previous race, Jonathan said it was a little harder as he is a “few years older”.
He said: “All marathons are incredibly hard and I think this was a little harder than the first one as I’m a few years older now.
“I’ve run around 550 miles just in training and managed to just beat my time from my first marathon with 3 hours 57min. But at the end of the day, the time is not very important as it’s all about supporting a great local cause in Open Door.
“I was lucky enough that they chose me to run and as a small local charity I wanted to raise as much money as possible. The response and support I’ve received from friends, family and Colleagues has been overwhelming.”
Jonathan revealed that the increase of people living homeless in St Albans, which he saw first-hand, motivated him to help those affected.
He added: “It’s hard to imagine what it would be like to be out there for 24 hours a day. I read an article that mentioned a 25 per cent increase in deaths of homeless people over the last five years in the UK and it seemed the number of people sleeping rough in St Albans was also increasing.”
Open Door works to ensure that no-one is sleeping rough in St Albans and to improve the life chances of homeless people in our community.
In addition they work with other local charities and services to provide help to people at risk of homelessness.
To visit Jonathan’s page, go to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JonathanFisher9