London Marathon first-timers join Team Leonard Cheshire

10 October 2014

Matt Smithby Matt Smith

Two baking colleagues from a historic law firm are some of the latest additions to our London Marathon 2015 team.

Alexandra Wilson-Jones and Hiren Gandhi from Blaser Mills will be joining more than 30,000 runners on 26 April to race in the world famous Virgin Money London Marathon, raising funds for Leonard Cheshire Disability.

‘It's always been an ambition of mine to run the London Marathon and I am thrilled to be taking part with Hiren. It is my first marathon so it is going to be tough, but it is worth it to raise funds for a local charity so that I know I am giving back to the community where I work and live.’ — Alexandra

The pair, both 29, are keen bakers and plan to reach their fundraising goal by selling ‘Bake Off’ treats to family, fellow staff and members of the public. Blaser Mills, founded in the late 1800s, are pledging their full support and have agreed to make up any shortfall in the pair's fundraising targets!

Last week Hiren and Alexandra went to Chiltern House, our residential service for disabled people in Gerrards Cross, close to where the pair live and work. They took a tour and spoke with residents, including 47-year-old Mark (pictured above between Alexandra and Hiren).

Mark got the bends as a result of a scuba diving accident in his early twenties, and now uses a wheelchair. He has lived at Chiltern House since 1997. He showed Hiren and Alexandra around, giving them a tour of his home and wishing them luck for the big day.

We're delighted that Alexandra and Hiren are ticking the marathon off their bucket lists, and raising much-needed funds for Leonard Cheshire Disability.

It’s the perfect opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to participate in a fun sporting event together. We wish them lots of luck over the coming weeks, and look forward to seeing both at the finish line for the post-race reception.

To join Alexandra, Hiren and the rest of Team Leonard Cheshire, sign up to the London Marathon 2015 today!

Matt Smith is sports events manager at Leonard Cheshire Disability.

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