Willow Foundation supporter describes why he will be doing 10k run

PUBLISHED: 15:19 03 October 2014 | UPDATED: 15:20 03 October 2014

Richard Bannister who is to run the Willow 10K

Richard Bannister who is to run the Willow 10K

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A long-term supporter of The Willow Foundation has spoken about what motivates him to raise cash ahead of its biggest annual fundraiser.

Richard Bannister, of Bluebridge Road, Brookmans Park, hailed the Old Hatfield-based cause as “a fantastic charity”, and spoke movingly about how it helped his late wife Eleana enjoy a Special Day.

The charity, which organises events for seriously ill young adults, funded a trip for the couple to watch Liverpool take on Spurs at Anfield before Eleana passed away nearly a decade ago.

In recognition of that “marvellous day” in Liverpool in 2005, Richard, 51, is running the Willow 10k on Sunday.

He told the WHT: “It is a fantastic charity.

“I have been supporting them for 10 or 11 years since my late wife Eleana and I went to see my team Spurs and her team Liverpool play.

“They also paid for a beautiful hotel.

“We had a marvellous day.”

He added: “It gave us a huge uplift and it made us forget our troubles.”

“I’ve always supported them through the running or through raffles and I haven’t missed a Christmas concert and always bring the whole family along,” he said.

Willow’s annual 10k is a race for beginners and experienced runners alike.

The Willow Foundation was set up to help young adults suffering from serious illnesses enjoy special days out.

The race will be started by Willow life president, Bob Wilson, who will send runners off on a route that goes through the picturesque grounds of Hatfield House, providing a unique opportunity to explore hidden parts of the estate not normally open to the public.

For more information or to enter, visit www.willowfoundation.org.uk/willow10K

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