Trafford doctor runs a marathon in honor of “his most vulnerable patients”.
Dr Simon Latham, a 36-year-old general practitioner from Sale, was inspired to run the London Marathon after working with victims of domestic violence.
He aims to raise over Â£ 3,000 for Trafford Domestic Abuse Service (TDAS) – which has supported some of his patients.
Simon, who is based at Tower Family Healthcare, said: âAs a GP, I often see people in difficult situations. Unfortunately, this includes patients who have been victims of domestic violence.
âIt is vital to have a service like TDAS that is there to support some of my most vulnerable patients.
âLast year, TDAS helped over 1,400 people in our community.
âThey make a huge difference in people’s lives and I am proud to support their work.
Simon has run a number of parkruns, mainly at Wythenshawe Park and Sale Water Park and a few years ago he started running with Sale Harriers.
He trained to run his first marathon in London last year for TDAS, but was never able to run it.
He hopes the extended training time will help him this time around for his very first marathon.
The London Marathon usually takes place in April, but has been pushed back to Sunday October 3 to allow for more social distancing.
Simon often runs with his family, who are also all members of Sale Harriers.
Samantha Fisher, CEO of TDAS, said: âWe have had an incredibly busy year and there has been a high demand for our services throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
âWe are delighted that Simon is participating in the London Marathon to raise funds for us.
âThis is the first time that we have had a supporter running the London Marathon for TDAS.
âIf he achieves his fundraising goal, we will be able to deliver much-needed group programs to adults and children who have suffered the devastating effects of domestic violence, exacerbated by the pandemic.
“We hope that as many people as possible will sponsor Simon and encourage him as he raises awareness about this important issue.”
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