The managing director of East Anglia-based SG Wealth Management has raised more than £2,000 for a leprosy charity, by running the London Marathon with his son.
Stephen Girling (pictured) was competing in his ninth marathon, while his son, Asher, aged 23, was running his first.
The pair were raising money for Lepra, which helps people affected by the disease in countries such as India and Bangladesh. They raised £2,000, exceeding their target of £1,750.
Girling said the run last month was made more difficult by the 24 degrees heat. ‘I was so glad to see the finish line on Sunday, as it was so hot. But Asher and I managed to meet up at mile five and ran it together,’ he said.
‘It was his first marathon, and he needed lots of encouragement for the last eight miles. But the crowds and sense of occasion made it a fantastic experience.
‘Lepra is delighted with the generosity of donations, which will help make a real difference to so many families. I would like to thank everyone for their interest and support.’
Girling said he chose to support Lepra because he wanted to raise awareness for a lesser known charity that does not get a huge amount of support.