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Hornchurch marathon man, 89, up for national award

11:51 21 July 2014

Paul is interviewed by Helen Skelton at this year

Paul is interviewed by Helen Skelton at this year's London Marathon

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An 89-year-old marathon man has been nominated for a national award after raising more than £100,000 for his local hospice.

Peppy pensioner Paul Freedman MBE, of Hornchurch, is one of three people up for the outstanding commitment to fundraising category in the Just Giving Awards 2014.

After taking up running at the ripe age of 61, Paul has now clocked up 23 London Marathons and this year broke his own record of being the oldest participant.

He competes in support of St Francis Hospice, the Havering-atte-Bower charity that cared for his wife Renee, known as Teeny, before she died of cancer in 2007.

Speaking about his nomination, he said: “It’s an honour to be shortlisted as there are so many deserving people out there. I get a kick out of volunteering and fundraising and St Francis Hospice is a wonderful charity.”

Paul has volunteered on the hospice inpatient unit each Christmas Day since 1993, and often entertains patients with his concert party, The Entertainers.

St Francis Hospice’s chief executive Pam Court, said: “It is great news that Paul has been shortlisted for this national award. He is a kind, generous and energetic man who brings a smile to the people he meets. His dedication to running and his achievement at raising over £100,000 for patient care for us is remarkable.”

To vote, visit justgiving.com/en/justgiving-awards-2014 and follow the link. Voting closes on August 23.

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