Essex man runs London Marathon in tribute to grandfather

10 February 2016 10:55

A man from Essex is set to run the London Marathon this April in memory of his grandfather raising money for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

Alex Smith, 22 and from Wickford, lost his grandfather, Gordon White in August last year. Gordon served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War and was an avid supporter of Blind Veterans UK. Alex now wants to pay special tribute to his grandfather by taking on the marathon and raising vital funds for his favourite charity.

Alex says: "I was always fascinated by my grandad's stories of his time in the Armed Forces during the Second World War. I want him to be recognised as a man who offered his life to give us our lives we have now. He survived the war but he lost many friends along the way. I want him to be recognised as an inspiration."

Like his grandfather, Alex feels passionate about Blind Veterans UK having learned from an early age what the charity does and how they do it.

Alex says: "I feel the charity does a lot to help the people who put their life on the line for our country by giving them aid and support when they return home.

"My grandad was a great admirer of this charity and believed in what they do and being an admirer of him has only helped me learn about this charity and all the great work it does for ex-Service men and women."

Alex is looking forward to the London marathon and is training hard for this, his last tribute to his grandfather. He recognises it will be emotional but hopes it won't be too hard on the day.

He says: "I feel I am working myself up over trying to get a competitive time but I really just want to make everyone proud so my main aim is to finish."

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Alex says: "My grandad would make charitable donations every year and I want to run for Blind Veterans UK to make him proud of me one last time."