Marathon men receive fundraising boost from local firm

Marathon men Lee Dodgson and John Hewitson have received a fundraising boost ahead of a challenge which will see them run from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Lee and John, who have dubbed their challenge ‘LEJOG’, have received a four-figure sponsorship boost from Marina-based ‘Hartlepool Business of the Year’ Utility Alliance in their bid to raise around £40,000 for the Alice House Hospice.

The pair started their quest on the south west tip of England on Sunday, and aim to reach their destination in 15 days by doing TWO marathons a day to cover the 827-mile route.  All money raised from #LEJOGAH will be used to sustain the specialist care services which the Hospice delivers to support patients and families affected by incurable illnesses.

Lee, a former fire fighter currently working as a Production Technician, and John – Academy boss at Hartlepool United – have been overwhelmed by messages of support since revealing their plan.

Lee said: “We’re really grateful to the team at Utility Alliance for their backing. The money they have given us will help massively with our fundraising, and it is particularly pleasing to have the support of local businesses behind us.  “Training has gone really 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 that cause.”

Ian Willis, PR & Marketing Executive for Utility Alliance, said: “We all know about the work the Alice House Hospice does, and the amount of effort that goes into raising funds to keep the service running.  “Everyone in Hartlepool has a connection with the Hospice in some way, be it through personal experience or with family and friends, and as a local company we are delighted to be backing this cause.  “Everyone at Utility Alliance wishes Lee and John all the very best in their challenge, I know they have been working hard to prepare for it and we will be following their progress with interest.”

Unfortunately, John had to pull out during day 3 due to a serious leg injury and Lee is continuing up the country without his running partner. 

Hospice staff have appealed for runners from across the country to rally and join Lee to support him with his marathon effort.  If you are interested in helping support Lee in any way please contact Greg Hildreth at the Hospice on 01429 855529 or email him at 

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