Dom's marathon challenge in memory of brother

A Watford man is in training for The Virgin London Marathon to raise money for The Children's Trust, which provided care for his disabled brother. Dom Graham has been enduring a gruelling training plan and hitting the pavements before daybreak in preparation for the marathon on April 21, 2013. The 35-year-old who works in marketing, aims to raise £2,000. Mr Graham's brother, Nicholas, who passed away in 1999, had multiple disabilities and received respite care at the Trust as a child from 1986 to 1993. He said: "The Children's Trust is a very special charity to me for everything it did for my brother and my family. "When Nicholas was alive the Trust did an excellent job of providing respite care, allowing my parents a break from the 24-hour care that he required. It was often hard to get adequate respite care but the Trust never failed." Dom plans to host fundraising events, including several nights of live music, in the lead-up to the marathon and credits his mum, Diane as being his fundraising side-kick: "She'll be rattling the tin for me," he says. "Mum does a lot a charity work so she’ll be a good support in my fundraising effort. "I've really upped my training now with the new year. It's a struggle to get out of bed for a pre-work run but it'll all be worth the effort."

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