A Kilkenny man who has run over 44 marathons in the past 31 years has raised an amazing €85,000 for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin.
Tom Roche from Mooncoin ran the Dublin marathon for the first time in 1983 and since then has completed the race 32 times. He has also completed a number of other marathons around the country.
This year he completed the Dublin City Marathon in four hours and 38 minutes and raised €8,560 for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin.
“I want to thank the many people who sponsored me for this year’s marathon and to the Mooncoin Vintage club for their sponsorship and support.
“I have been fundraising for them for the past 25 years and have raised over €85,000. The best time I did it in was 2 hours and 55 minutes in 1983,” he said.
Tom continues to run six days a week and enjoys a healthy diet of salmon and brown bread, baked by his wife. He does not eat red meat and enjoys ‘the odd pint’ and admits that he is somewhat hooked on running.
“I go out most weekdays and run between three and eight miles and do one long run at the weekend which would be 12 or 13 miles,” he said.
Meanwhile the staff at Our Lady’s Hospital congratulated Tom on his mamooth fundraising efforts.
“Your generous support will help us to continue to provide for sick children from all over Ireland with the care they so desperately need.
“Your generosity will have an immediate impact helping to fund the refurbishment of our Outpatient’s Department, the purchase of urgently needed hospital equipment, and more ground breaking paediatric research- all for the benefit of the children in communities like yours all over Ireland.
“I really cannot thank you enough, and I want to assure you that you have the profound gratitude of everyone here. You have helped a sick child who needed you.
“The truth is that your support is helping sick children from all over Ireland, and although they cannot thank you personally I can assure you that your generosity and caring means the world to sick children and their families.
“Thanks to your wonderful contribution our amazing medical staff will be able to continue providing the highest standards of care to sick children from all our communities,” said the hospital’s fundraising manager, Jerry Cully.