Hastings runner Paul Denny is putting his best foot forward this weekend to compete in the London Marathon and raise money for charity in memory of good friend Debbie McSweeney.
Marathon man Paul has been raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Care (Sussex) since Debbie suddenly passed away on August 12, 2014, aged 52. He said: “I am running in this Sunday’s London Marathon, with the aim of raising money for the charity in memory of my very good friend Debbie, who sadly passed away last year after a very short illness.”
Paul met Debbie in the FILO (First In Last Out) pub shortly after she moved from Glasgow to Hastings around twenty years prior to her death and they hit it off straight away. He said: “We became very good friends. She was so vibrant. A lovely person. When she died it was such a shock..a very sad event.”
He added: “Debbie was a very popular figure in the Old Town and an extremely well respected Senior Nurse, at the Conquest Hospital, where she had worked for many years.
“Debbie devoted most of her adult working life to caring for others, so this is my small contribution in her memory, to raise funds for Macmillan Nurses, to carry on Debbie’s good work.”
Paul began his charity fundraising selling home made pickled onions and piccalilli throughout the winter in local pubs and to date has raised £360. Paul and is now looking for sponsors who can pledge some money, no matter how small, for completing the 26.1 mile race. Sponsorship forms are at the FILO, the Jenny Lind, the Dolphin and John The Cobblers, High Street, Old Town
Debbie’s sister, Ilene said loosing Debbie was devastating but praised Paul for his endeavours. She said: “Paul and Debbie were very good friends and it’s wonderful that he’s doing this in her memory. I’d also like to thank all previous donations to related cancer charities which has so far raised £3,500.”