#LEJOGAH, Kind-hearted Lee returns with a bigger challenge than ever.

In May 2015 local man Lee Dodgson captured the hearts of the town, when he ran 7 marathons in 7 days to raise an incredible £20,000 for Alice House Hospice.

Along this journey, Lee inspired unprecedented levels of support from the community, businesses and even the national media. Lee’s one man quest still remains unbeaten as the highest level of sponsorship achieved by one individual that the charity has received. This money was used to sustain the specialist care services which the Hospice delivers to support patients and families affected by incurable illnesses.

“After the 7 Marathons completely exceeded my expectations and raised double what I had initially targeted, I wondered how I could go one better. I decided to go for this to make it a bigger challenge and with the right support, hopefully John and I can raise around £40,000 for Hospice patients. Training is going well and we are determined to make this the biggest success it can be. The Hospice does fantastic work and we want to do as much as we can to help.”

Lee Dodgson

Lee has continued to support the Hospice and took part in the last two Great North Runs on behalf of the charity. In 2017 kind-hearted Lee returns with a bigger challenge than ever, #LEJOGAH, in which he and co-runner John Hewitson attempt to run from Land’s End to John O’Groats in 15 days to raise even more money for patient care.

#LEJOGAH will start on 14 May 2017.

Lee, a former firefighter currently working as a Production Technician and John, who is the Academy Manager at Hartlepool United have started the gruelling training schedule to prepare them for the 827 mile journey, which will see them running two marathons per day for just over a fortnight.

Hospice Patrons, Hartlepool College of Further Education have been the first organisation to pledge their support, offering Lee and John complimentary use of the Luminary Fitness Suite throughout their training, working with the Hospice to secure business sponsors and providing a support driver in Lee’s father in law, Kevin Fincken who works as a lecturer at the College.

Greg Hildreth, Hospice Fundraiser said “This is an amazing undertaking and we wish Lee and John the best of luck. We would also like to extend our most sincere thanks for such dedication and are sure that this project will be a huge success. We are looking forward to supporting them throughout the challenge.”

Lee and John are looking to recruit business support to help cover resource costs, with further details to be announced, but in the meantime, anyone wishing to sponsor the event can go to #LEJOGAH Fundraising Page

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