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Marathon runner raises money for Support Dogs

Irwin Mitchell partner Matthew Palmer is running the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 23. He will raise money and awareness for national assistance dog charity Support Dogs.

Sheffield-based Support Dogs trains and provides specialist assistance dogs to deliver life changing support to children with autism and adults with disabilities and epilepsy.

Matthew is an associate director and head of portfolio delivery at national law firm Irwin Mitchel LLP in the city. Support Dogs was one of the company’s charities of the year in 2016.

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Matthew will join more than 30,000 other runners to take part in the 26.2 mile marathon through the streets of London and hopes to complete it in a personal best of three hours and 50 minutes.

With the support of colleagues, friends and suppliers, Matthew is also aiming to top his fundraising target of £1,500.  The money will be added to Irwin Mitchell’s total and be spent on training and the lifetime support needed for ‘Mitchell’, the trainee assistance dog  named by the law firm.

Matthew said: “I am a dog lover and know the value having dogs has given to me and my family. Over the past year, Support Dogs has frequently visited our offices and I’ve been very impressed to hear about the life-changing work that they do – especially with children with autism.

“Training six days a week is hard during the winter and sometimes it is only my commitment to the charity that gets the shoes on my feet when its dark outside and the temperature is minus two degrees. Thinking of the good use Support Dogs can put this money to really sustains my motivation.”

Danny Anderson, fundraising manager at Support Dogs, said: “We receive fantastic support from Irwin Mitchell and it is great that Matthew is running for Support Dogs.

“We are entirely funded through voluntary donations and without the support of our fundraisers we wouldn’t be able to continue our important work, training and providing specialist assistance dogs which make such a huge difference to people’s lives.”

To find out more about Support Dogs visit www.supportdogs.org.uk or follow @supportdogsuk on twitter.

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