DAVID Hill is a seasoned runner of the London Marathon, having completed the gruelling 26-mile race three times for three different charities – but this year’s run will be a special personal quest.
When the 51-year-old takes on the trek this month he will be raising money for British Heart Foundation, a cause that is especially important to him after his son had to undergo a vital heart transplant.
David’s son Aiden, 18, suffered huge complications with his heart towards the end of 2010, falling ill in the October with what was first thought to be a blood clot to the lung and then a heart attack.
Eventually experts determined he had an enlarged heart muscle but his family began to fear the worst, with his health deteriorating and three possible donors proving unsuitable.
It proved to be fourth time lucky for Aiden when he finally received a new heart last January and his health has been on the rise since.
His dad now wants to do his bit to help others going through the same ordeal as his family by aiming to raise £2,000 for the foundation by heading to the capital for the famous race.
David, of Tower Gardens in Boston, told The Standard: “It was completely unexpected and it was very serious.
“This will be emotional for us all. We’re now realising how much it does mean. It will be a lot more emotional for me when I cross the finish line.”
David also issued an appeal for more organ donors to come forward, to help save lives of other people in situations like his son.
He said: “There is a massive need for organ donors in this country.
“Until you are in that situation you just don’t realise. Aiden was on life support as it was because his vital organs were shutting down.
“We were just waiting for that call – it’s a big reality check. Thankfully someone came forward.”
Anyone who wants to sponsor David can log on to www.virginmoneygiving.com/davidhill9