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Station Manager to run seven marathons in seven days to raise money for colleague’s terminally ill husband

Station Manager to run seven marathons in seven days to raise money for colleague’s terminally ill husband

Thursday, 21 December 2017

A Station Manager from Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service (MFRS) will undertake seven marathons in seven days to raise money for a colleague’s husband who is suffering from terminal cancer.

Station Manager Paul Kay will run seven consecutive marathons in routes around Wirral and Liverpool beginning on Boxing Day and ending on New Year’s Day.

His aim is to raise £150,000 to help Matt Henderson, the husband of MFRS District Prevention Manager Jo Henderson, travel to America to access clinical trials.

Matt, 41, was diagnosed with terminal cancer in September and is currently undergoing treatment at Aintree University Hospital.

Having initially been diagnosed with oesophageal cancer, Matt’s cancer has now spread to his lymph nodes and liver and his only long-term option is treatment in America.

The treatment will cost in the region of £200,000 to £300,000 and Matt and Jo’s friends and family have set up a JustGiving page to raise the full amount.

Paul, who will head out from his home in Meols at 6am on Boxing Day and run seven five-hour marathons on seven consecutive days, said: “Jo is an integral part of the MFRS family and when we found out about Matt’s devastating diagnosis we wanted to do everything we can to help.

“The family need to raise a huge amount of money for Matt’s treatment and I’m hoping that people will support me running these marathons by donating to their JustGiving page.

“I have run a number of marathons before but never so many in such a short space of time. I am nervously excited about it but determined I can to do all I can to help Matt and Jo.

“If anyone would like to come along to support me from the sidelines, or join me in running for either five minutes or five hours, they would be very welcome.”

Details of Paul’s routes will be posted on his dedicated ‘PK7in7’ Facebook page at

Anyone wishing to join Paul on the run, or support him, can find out rendez-vous times and route details on the Facebook page in advance. For any specific queries please send a message through the page.

You can also monitor Paul’s progress and see photos and videos from the event on the Facebook page.

To donate directly to Jo and Paul’s JustGiving page visit

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