Burnley runner's marathon debut raises £900 for Pendleside Hospice

Drew Simpson (left) with his best man and fellow marathon runner, Scott Jones.
Drew Simpson (left) with his best man and fellow marathon runner, Scott Jones.
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A Burnley-born Head Teacher is “over the moon” after raising almost £1,000 for Pendleside Hospice by completing his first ever marathon.

Spurred on by a flurry of generous donations, Andrew Simpson (36), who works at Girton Glebe Primary School in Cambridge, set his sights on tackling the Birmingham Marathon on Sunday, October 15th for Pendleside.

With both his maternal grandfather - who suffered from dementia and heart issues - and his paternal grandmother having spent time at the hospice before passing away in 2015 and 2001 respectively, Andrew - known as Drew - wanted to “repay” Pendleside, according to his father, John Spencer.

“Pendleside Hospice are fantastic,” said John, who lives on Rosehill Avenue in Burnley. “I said to my mother when she was at Pendleside that she would not be alone when she went. They look after the patient’s family as well.”

Having achieved a respectable time of four hours, 16 minutes, and six seconds, Drew smashed his fundraising target of £500, with his JustGiving page currently standing at £935.21.

And with a hefty majority of the donations coming from teachers, parents, and governors at Drew’s school in Cambridge - people who would have had little cause to know about Pendleside - John says they “donated for Drew”, making it even more special.

“He wanted to repay Pendleside,” John said. “He keeps fit and does weights, but hasn’t done any running, but Birmingham’s pretty flat - not like round Burnley - so he enjoyed it!”

Drew, who’s wife Clare is a Senior Scientist at Cambridge University and with whom he has a three-year-old daughter called Josephine, was coached through the marathon process by his best man, Scott Jones, with John suggesting that more fundraisers could be on the cards.

“He’s got the bug,” said John.

To donate to Drew’s cause, go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/drew-simpson.