A father of three is returning from a broken ankle to run the London Marathon.

51 year old Graham Newman, who lives in South Woodham Ferrers, will be taking on the marathon next Thursday.

Mr Newman will raise money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) as part of his company’s commitment to raise £10,000 for the appeal to build a new hospice in Framingham Earl.

As the managing director of Pruce Newman Pipework in Wymondham, he is aiming to raise £100 for every mile he runs.

Mr Newman said: “I ran several half marathons as a teenager until contracting ME at 19 and was then unable to exercise properly for the next 15 years or so.

“I started running again in my early forties to get fit and raise money for good causes, having lost close friends and family to cancer and motor neurone disease.

“In 2017, I entered a 10k race but twisted my ankle and fractured a bone the day before and had to pull out!

“I found that not only was I missing the challenge but my ever-expanding waistline was causing me concern, so I applied for the 2018 London Marathon with EACH.”

“Our company has supported EACH as a charity for many years now and as a father of three sons, one of whom had been poorly for a year as a toddler with suspected cystic fibrosis - fortunately this wasn’t the case and he’s now fit and well - my admiration for the work carried out by EACH is never-ending.”

East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) cares for children with life-threatening conditions across Norfolk, as well as Cambridgeshire, Essex and Suffolk, and supports their families.

To show support for Graham’s efforts, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/graham-newman6.