Student Raises Hundreds of Pounds in Charity Marathon

5th June 2008 5:33pm - Return to press releases

Alex Head has raised over ?500 for charity by running the Edinburgh Marathon.

East Riding College student Alex Fletcher smashed his target of raising ?500 for charity by running the Edinburgh Marathon.
Alex, 19, of Beverley, has about ?700 in formal pledges but, with several sponsorships forms yet to come in, he hopes to beat the ?1,000 mark.
Alex decided to run the marathon in aid of the MS Society because his grandma, Jean Arnold, 77, suffers from multiple sclerosis.
He completed the 26.2-mile course in four hours and nine minutes.

Alex said: ?So many people have been so generous with their pledges. The response to my appeal was amazing.
?I?ve even had donations from people with a friend or relative with MS who just felt they wanted to help.?
He added: ?The MS Society does a lot of great work to help people with MS and to fund research into the condition.
?The money people have donated to my appeal will really do some good. I?d like to say thank you to everyone for their generosity.?

Alex is in the second year of a level three BTEC National Diploma in Sports Development and Fitness at East Riding College?s Beverley site.
This month, he will go to America to work with children with special educational needs before touring the USA and Canada.
He will come back to the UK ready to begin a degree in physiotherapy at the University of Birmingham in October 2009.

To sponsor Alex, email him at
For more information about multiple sclerosis and the work of the MS Society, visit