BUSMAN Mark Buxton will be swapping four wheels for two legs when he takes part in his first London Marathon next month (April).
The Christchurch father of three, who works for Yellow Buses, is hoping to raise at least £1,250 for the charity Visually Impaired Children Taking Action (VICTA).
Even before taking to the capital’s streets Mark, 34, is well on his way to reaching his target thanks to a £1,000 donation from the Yellows.
A staff vote decided the company should donate the Christmas charity proceeds to VICTA.
Mark, who works as a Revenue Protection Officer, said the donation was a “huge boost” to his fundraising efforts.
He added: “I’m really excited at running the London Marathon. It should be an amazing experience.
“I’ve had loads of help and support from colleagues, especially Mike Collins, Coaching and Training Manager, who is a keen runner in his spare time.”
Mark, who met his wife, Sian, on a bus, said he had been training hard for the London Marathon which is held on Sunday April 21.
“I’m doing about 35 miles a week over four nights. It’s hard but enjoyable,” added Mark who has two sons, aged six and ten months, and a daughter, aged five. His wife is expecting their fourth child.
To sponsor Mark, go to www.virginmoneygiving.com and search for Mark Buxton in ‘Sponsor your friend.’