Father to run 40 marathons

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Devoted father Damian Thacker has pledged to run 40 marathons in 40 weeks in aid of the hospital that treated his son.

The 40 year old, of Hathersage in the Peak District, is raising funds for the burns unit at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

His son Jem, aged two, was treated at the unit last year after he accidentally knocked tea over himself, suffering burns to his face, right shoulder, arm and abdomen.

He said: “After seeing how well Jem was looked after, I just wanted to give something back to the unit. With it being my 40th birthday this year I just thought, ‘Why not go for 40 marathons?’