A West Mercia Police officer will be taking on two extreme physical challenges to mark his 50th birthday and to raise money for a charity close to his heart. Detective Superintendent Martin Lakeman is Head of Public Protection for the force.
The Bromsgrove resident and father-of-two will be pushing himself to the limit to raise money for St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester.
A keen rugby player, who has played for Bromsgrove for 27 years, Martin is set to take on the Royal Marine Commando Endurance Challenge this weekend (June 16) in Lympstone, Devon. This comprises a four mile run, three mile assault course and another four mile run. This challenge will be followed by the ten mile Para10 Endurance Challenge with the Parachute Regiment in September. The ten mile run is carried out wearing a 35lb backpack and takes place in Catterick, Yorkshire.
“Although I play a lot of rugby, I haven’t done anything like this before and in fact I hate running. But to celebrate my 50th birthday in April I really did want to take on the ultimate challenge – or should I say challenges. St Richard’s Hospice gave fantastic support to my father when my step mother was battling cancer.
“This challenge has sadly taken on more significance as a friend and colleague, former West Mercia detective Nick Haggitt lost his battle with cancer earlier this year and wanting to complete the challenges has given me more focus and determination. I need people’s help to make a difference to the lives of others.”
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St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses and supports their families. Each year the hospice team supports more than 2,200 patients and family members in Worcestershire.
Patients are cared for in Day Hospice, the 16-bed in-patient unit or in their own homes by a specialist professional team as well as many trained volunteers.
Specialist staff are on hand at the in patient unit 24 hours a day to manage patients’ symptoms and where, if they so choose, patients may spend the last few days of life in comfort and dignity. St Richard’s is grateful for all donations towards the £6.1m required each year to continue their work.
For more information about the hospice visit their website http://www.strichards.org.uk