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Brentwood firefighters' memorial marathon

Brentwood firefighters are running the 2016 London Marathon for two charities in memory of fallen family and friends.

Blue Watch firefighters, Thomas Bunting and Simon Humphrey, are joining thousands of people in the 26-mile challenge on Sunday, April 24, for Cancer Research UK and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Both have experienced personal tragedies with the diseases including the loss of beloved Brentwood Fire Station chef, Pat Myers, who died in 2011 from lung cancer.

Thomas, from Braintree, is looking to raise £2,000 for Cancer Research UK while Simon, who lives in Hedingham, is targeting £1,500 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Thomas said: “I lost my grandmother, uncle, aunt, my girlfriend’s father and our dear friend and colleague, Pat, to cancer, so this run is very personal. I feel honoured to run in their memory.”

Simon said: “I’m excited yet apprehensive about the run. Most importantly I’m preparing for this challenge.

“We are both running our first London marathons, so we’ve increased our training over the past few weeks. The run will raise funds and awareness about both diseases.”

Brentwood Fire Station is organising a Charity Car Wash Day in coming months to help raise donations with a date to be confirmed.

To donate to both causes visit www.justgiving.com/Thomas-Bunting2016 or www.justgiving.com/SimonHumphreyMarathon.

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