Two bus drivers from Thanet are preparing to make a marathon effort. Garry Warren and Jake Bowd will be running the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon for the charity Children with Cancer UK.
The pair, who are both drivers based at Stagecoach’s Westwood bus depot, are aiming to raise £6,000 for the charity. Garry has completed two London marathons before, first in 2005 and again in 2014. Last time he raised nearly £3,000 for Pilgrims Hospices. This year he’s joined up with fellow driver Jake in a bid to raise awareness and support for Children with Cancer UK - the leading national children’s charity dedicated to the fight against childhood cancer. This will be Jake’s first attempt at the London marathon.
Garry and Jake will be running in the charity’s Superhero uniform and have already started a busy programme of fundraising activities. Garry (46) from Garlinge said “We’ve already had a Valentines disco which raised over £600 and a pub quiz night. We’re now looking forward to a pool competition night at The Odds Social and Snooker Club in Ramsgate. There’s so much happening! This is the first time we’re running for a charity together and between us we want to make it a really big deal.”
Already the pair’s JustGiving page has notched up a total of £1,300 in donations helped by generous customers who travel on the buses. Stagecoach has pledged to top-up the amount raised and local buses are carrying posters. Jake (24) from Ramsgate said “As drivers we get to know many of our regular customers and their support has been really motivating. There are too many people to thank but we’d particularly like to thank our colleague Frank Woodford MBE who’s doing so much for our campaign, and Mary who travels on the route 38 bus - she’s been out and about drumming up sponsorship for us.”
Almost 4,000 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer every year in the UK. To support Garry and Jake text GAJA70 and the amount you would like to sponsor e.g. ‘GAJA70 £1’ to 70070 or go to www.justgiving.com/Garry-and-jake
. You can follow their journey on twitter @Jake_Bowd and Instagram @JAKE_BOWD.
Photo: Bus drivers Garry Warren (right) and Jake Bowd, who were interviewed on Academy FM radio 24/02/2016.