Wymondham man to attempt Brighton Marathon in aid of Norwich’s SOS Bus

A Wymondham man is heading to the south coast to attempt his first marathon, in support of the SOS Bus in Norwich.

Blair Campbell, 29, will attempt the Brighton Marathon on Sunday, April 15th, with the aim of raising �200 for the SOS Bus.

Blair, who volunteers on the service as a support vehicle driver and shift support worker, said: 'I wanted to support this charity because it is a local charity and what better cause?

'When you see the difference that it makes, you can't help but feel that you are doing something good. It also frees up the emergency services.

'The SOS Bus saves lives, simple as that. We also work alongside venues and services to make the city a safer place for everyone.'

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The SOS Bus has a regular base on Prince of Wales Road and the bus and its resident medical unit provide a safe haven for vulnerable people every Friday and Saturday night between 9pm and 3am.

Colin Lang set up the SOS Bus in Norwich in 2001 following the Evening News's Home Safe and Sound campaign, which was prompted by the river deaths of Nick Green, 16, and James Toms, 21, following nights out in the city.

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The majority of the team who work on the SOS Bus, are volunteers, and whilst funding is available for the medical unit the project is also reliant on donations to be able to continue.

Sarah Mintey, project manager of the SOS Bus said: 'We are delighted because it means the money that Blair raises will contribute to the running costs of the bus since we are dependant on donations.'

The Brighton Marathon is 26 miles and 385 yards, which is roughly the same distance as running from Norwich to Lowestoft.

Blair added: 'I've every confidence I'll finish and I'm training hard.'

To donate to Blair's cause, go to www.justgiving.com/Blair-Campbell, or donate �1 by texting SOSB99 to 70070.

Are you preparing for a charity challenge? Contact reporter David Freezer on 01603 772418 or david.freezer@archant.co.uk

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