LAST year’s Great South Run was definitely one to remember for collections specialist Simon Ware.
And he should know – it was his 24th, as Simon has taken part in every race so far.
Last year, the route of the Great South Run took participants through Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and past the new Mary Rose Museum attraction.
For Simon, who is a collections specialist for the Mary Rose Trust, running past the new museum made the race extra special.
He added: ‘Having worked for 26 years as a collections specialist for the Mary Rose Trust, last year was made extra special when running through the dockyard.
‘It was amazing as I was able to pass by the fantastic new exhibition.’
Last year, Simon ran the 10 miles for Winston’s Wish, the child bereavement charity, and raised £600. He’s also looking forward to his 25th run this year.
The 53-year-old added: ‘I have taken part in the Great South Run every year since it began in 1990.
‘I chose to support Winston’s Wish last year after talking with Robert Lapraik who is deputy chief executive at the Mary Rose Museum.
‘He’s also a trustee. Robert made me aware of the fantastic work that Winston’s Wish does and I set about raising money through sponsorship from work colleagues, friends, family and neighbours.
‘I was delighted to reach a final total of £600 which I had pleasure in handing over to Winston’s Wish outside the new Mary Rose museum in the historic dockyard.’
Winston’s Wish has thanked Simon for raising the £600 and Louise Brown, community and events fundraiser, said his story is inspirational.
‘We are so grateful to have people like Simon taking on challenges such as the Bupa Great South Run to raise vital funds towards our work,’ she said.
‘Every single penny that has been raised will make a life-changing difference to bereaved children, young people and their families.
‘The £600 is more than enough to fund four face-to-face sessions for a child and their family with two of our specialist family practitioners – providing support to help deal with their loss.
‘A huge thank you goes to Simon.’
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