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Sheppey firefighter Paul Schembri is doing a sponsored 20 mile run in aid of six cancer charities

24 February 2014
by Times Guardian reporter

A Sheppey firefighter is doing a sponsored run for the second consecutive year.

Paul Schembri, of Seager Road, Sheerness, raised £1,200 for five charities when he completed a 15-mile journey last February.

He is now hoping to raise even more by running 20 miles, this time for six good causes.

Firefighter Paul Schembri is getting ready to run 20 miles from the Fire Station to Rainham in aid of six cancer charities.

Firefighter Paul Schembri is getting ready to run 20 miles from the Fire Station to Rainham in aid of six cancer charities.

The 45-year-old will set off at 10.30am on Saturday from Sheppey fire station, in Sheerness High Street, then on to Sittingbourne fire station, before finishing at Rainham Mark Social Club, Gillingham.

Money will be divided between Cancer Research UK, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Macmillan Cancer Support, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Everyman and Wisdom Hospice, Rochester.

The father-of-two, who is a crew manager, said: “Cancer is quite close to a lot of people these days. I lost my father to cancer and I have lost other family members and friends so I thought who knows, maybe my £1,200 might help someone else along the way.”

He added: “Training has been going on for the last year. It’s difficult when you finish a hard day’s work and you have to go out and run, but I’ve been doing longer runs with a few short ones of three or four miles.”

The trek ties in with a weekend of fundraising at Rainham Mark Social Club from Friday, to Sunday.

Friend of the organisers, Mark Spagnol will also be running.

To sponsor Mr Schembri visit Sheppey Fire Station or contact him on Facebook.

Donations can also be made via PayPal, by entering the email poppyjoe@fsmail.net and marking the payment as “gift”.

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