Help fund the fightback: sponsor my marathon

Paul Couchman, Staines Socialist Party

In 2015 I had a major heart attack. It is fair to say that the NHS and their dedicated staff saved my life.

Although I have been a member of the Socialist Party (and the Militant before it) for nearly 40 years, I saw this scary event as a wake-up call to redouble my efforts to build the party and to improve my health.

Since then I have lost a third of my body weight and taken up regular exercise, doing a park run most weekends. I have decided to enter a marathon next year – five years since my heart attack – and what better cause could there be than the Socialist Party fighting fund?

Friends, family and comrades can either donate on the Socialist Party website stating it’s to support my run, make a donation via your local Socialist Party branch, or visit my Just Giving page.

I will update everyone after I have completed the run in May next year. I am hoping to raise £1,000. Nearly £300 has already been donated or pledged, including £75 from delegates on the Unison South East regional council.