Firefighter to tackle Manchester marathon in uniform for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

The cause is close to Andrew’s heart - but the run will be a challenge with heavy workwear on.

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One helipad officer won’t be switching off from work when he takes on the Manchester Marathon this year as he will literally be carrying it with him.

Andrew Ledwith has signed up to run the 26.2 mile route wearing his 4kg firefighter uniform which weighs the equivalent of four large bags of sugar.

Over the years, Andrew has completed a number of marathons for charity, but this year he wanted to put a new spin on things. He has already started training and is using a weighted vest to get him used to the extra layers and kilos he’ll be wearing on the big day.

Andrew’s role as Helipad officer at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust’s new Helipad at the roof of Grafton Street Car Park means he’s learned just how vital both the Helipad and specialist teams at the children’s hospital are in those critical moments when patients are brought in via helicopter, so he has decided to raise money for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity.

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