The grandson of a Wakefield Trinity legend is running the London Marathon to raise money for an Alzheimer’s charity.
Keith Holliday – Trinity’s sixth most capped player – died from the illness in March last year aged 82.
And now his grandson, Luke Patel, is taking on the 26 mile challenge to help other people suffering with the disease.
Luke said: “He had a huge impact on not only my life but on so many people around him.
“If I can raise some money and complete the event not only would it make me very proud, it would make a small difference to help families in the future fight this awful disease.”
Scrum half Keith played in nine major finals for Wakefield - winning six - and gained county and international recognition during a 14-year Trinity career.
After his retirement from playing he coached in Bramley and Wrenthorpe.
Luke said: “He was a very good coach and I know he was well respected.
“He never said much about his achievements, he was just a humble man.”
Visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/luke-patel7 to donate to Luke’s appeal.
Meanwhile, Wakefield Hospice has named its London Marathon team.
Clare Pullan, Natalie Tunney, Adrian Armitage, Sherri-Li Walker, Amy Fox, Joe Morris and Matthew Lloyd are hoping to raise £9,000 for palliative care at the unit.
Fundraising manager Keeley Harrison said: “‘We would like to wish all our marathon runners good luck for Sunday. They have all done so well with their training especially with the terrible weather conditions we’ve have had in recent weeks, making training more difficult – they have shown so much commitment and dedication.
“We are so grateful to each and every one of them for running to support patient care at Wakefield Hospice.”
To donate visit www.wakefieldhospice.org/Support-Us/Fundraising/Donate.