Jon qualified for the iconic race on Sunday, April 28, by completing last year’s Manchester marathon in under three hours.
He is raising funds for St Ann’s where his uncle Keith Howarth (66) and close family friend Terry Hemmings (70) were patients.
Both men died late last year. Keith, from Sale, was a retired fireman and Terry, from Levenshulme, was a local businessmanand former university lecturer.
The hospice provided wonderful care for them in the final stages of their lives and I know how grateful family and friends of Keith and Terry were. I've been trying to get into the London Marathon for eight years. It was a goal of mine but I was reluctant to take a charity place and wanted to qualify on merit. It'll be nice to do it in their memory and recognise the work they did.