First marathon by Paul

Paul Atkinson
Paul Atkinson

A Leigh man will run the Manchester Marathon on Sunday to pay tribute to his grandfather, who died earlier this month.

In his first ever marathon, Paul Atkinson is raising funds for High Peak Lodge care home and the residents have decided to spend the money raised on additional garden furniture, in his grandfather’s memory.

The garden is a very popular feature at the home off Chapel sTREET, lEIGH and, when the weather was fine, Paul’s grandfather John loved to spend time enjoying the sunshine and open air.

To donate to Paul’s Marathon run, go to www.charitygiving.co.uk/paulatkinson.

High Peak Lodge, in Bedford Square, Off Chapel Street, Leigh, is part of European Care Group and provides nursing, palliative and respite care and support for older people.

Paul, 30, said: “My grandfather was a rock in our family and I know he was proud that I was running for him. It’s also a way of saying thank you for the fantastic care and support during his time at High Peak Lodge.

“High Peak Lodge is more than a home, it’s a community. I’m dedicated to raise money for extra garden furniture as my granddad really enjoyed spending time outside and would want his fellow residents to continue to do so.”

Karen Byrne, Home Manager at High Peak Lodge said: “When the weather is warm enough, the people we support at High Peak Lodge love spending time in the garden and we thought it would be nice to make the gardens even more of a pleasant place to spend some time.

“We are so excited to hear of Paul’s finishing time and look forward to celebrating his huge achievement.”