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London Marathon 2017 profile - Team DST
The DST team in Dagenham have already raised £13,000 for Saint Francis Hospice, with three days to go until the big race.
Six workers at the communication and print specialist in Dagenham will be going the extra mile for hospice care - or 26.2 miles to be exact - when they join 50,000 runners taking part in the Virgin Money London Marathon later this month.
DST Customer Communications Dagenham is one of our many committed partners, helping to raising funds and awareness of Saint Francis Hospice's care and support services.
And this has inspired its employees Dave Oakley, 36, David McCarthy, 46, Magdalena Mikrut-Kremiec, 43, Mitch Cornelia, 40, Steve Morton, 28, and Aidan Lucas, 20, to step up to the iconic marathon challenge on Sunday April 23.
Team DST (L-R): Magdalena, David McCarthy, Dave Oakley, Steve, Mitch and Aidan.
"The first thing that comes to mind when I think about the race is 'I can't wait to finish', but actually, I'm absolutely buzzing for the whole day," said production controller Dave Oakley.
"From the early start, meeting up with some of the team at Saint Francis Hospice, getting the train from Chingford, the buzz of the start gate, the first mile, the crowds, the pain, the emotion, the final bend onto Pall Mall, the elation, the medal, there's so much to look forward to!"
As part of their fundraising efforts they held a quiz night at the British Legion in Hornchurch on Saturday (April 1st) which raised more than £1,861.
Dave Oakley with his 'Reason to Run' message.
Back in December, the DST team visited the hospice so they could find out more about the wide range of services we provide to more than 4,000 people affected by life-limiting illnesses every year.
And they all agree - running for SFH is what motivates them to push past all the pain, injuries and hours of training in all weathers.
"Saint Francis Hospice makes a massive difference to people and running for them is the best thing I have ever done in my life," said Magdalena, a senior print application developer.
Warehouse manager David McCarthy, who will be running his third London marathon, said: "Over the past few years, the hospice has played a vital part in lives that affect me directly and indirectly.
David McCarthy with his SFH banner at work.
"I know that every penny they raise counts towards their fundraising, and the level of support I have been getting for Saint Francis Hospice eclipses what I've received from bigger charities in the past.
"The day itself is one of the best in London. The sense of achievement is brilliant and I am always amazed at the level of support and the way the spectators drag you over the finish line."
To sponsor the DST team, visit their group page at justgiving.com/teams/dstdagenham.
If you would like your company to run in next year's Virgin London Marathon, or to support Saint Francis Hospice another way, contact our Corporate Partnerships Manager, Mike Allen.