Thirteen year old Dylan Banks was among the 760 young runners who supported the Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice Mini Marathon, which took place in Royal Greenwich Park earlier this month.

Dylan took part in this annual fundraising event in memory of his dad, Matt, who passed away peacefully at home, at the age of 46, in March 2020.

Dylan said: “He passed away surrounded by family. This wouldn’t have been possible without the hospice. They provided a hospital bed and regular home check-ups to make sure he was comfortable. They also supported my mum too. I will be eternally grateful for the hospice’s service, and for that reason, they hold a very special place in my heart.

“My dad loved a marathon, as he ran two London marathons. He would be looking down on me now with a smile on his face knowing I’d be running my first ever marathon in memory of him.”

Hospice Events Manager, Augusta Adu, said: “The Hospice Mini Marathon is such a special event because of children like Dylan and all the other young runners who take part to raise money in memory of their loved ones. It is truly heart-warming, and I can’t thank them enough for their support of our hospice.”

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