Meet the runners: Harry Papanastasiou
Canning Town runner fundraises for St John Ambulance
after volunteers assisted his mother
A Canning Town runner is stepping up his gruelling training for
this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon and is hoping local people
will be right behind him in his efforts to support the nation’s
leading first aid charity.
Harry Papanastasiou, 49, is fundraising for St John Ambulance in
the lead-up to the big event on 24 April when we’ll provide more
than 1,000 first aiders to treat injured runners and
He says: ‘I’m running for St John Ambulance because the
charity’s volunteers have helped my dear old mum, who has dementia,
on several occasions taking her to hospital after she’s fallen at
Harry ran his first London Marathon last year, raising money for
Dementia Care. ‘Seeing the money roll in was as rewarding as
running. The whole experience was gruelling, fantastic and the best
and worst thing I’ve ever done!’
Harry works as an engineering surveyor in the lift industry. His
marathon training has included running three times a week around
the Olympic Village with the Sweatshop in Stratford Westfield
He plans to raise at least £1,800 for St John Ambulance. Anyone
wishing to sponsor him can make a donation online at:
Good luck Harry! We'll be with your every step of the way.
We’re already looking for next year’s intrepid marathon runners.
Run for the charity that picks you up, dusts you down and gets you
over the finish line, while raising vital life saving funds.
Donors, sponsors, pavement pounders – every pound you give us
helps save lives.
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