A dad-of-two will be running the London Marathon in support of his uncle who he recently connected with after 40 years of no contact.

Richard Glaysher, 53, of Allerton Road, Borehamwood, will take to the streets of the capital in April, raising money for Parkinson's UK.

Mr Glaysher, whose dad died when he was young, says his 76-year-old uncle has become a father-figure to him ever since he got back in touch with him.

But his uncle lives with Parkinson's disease, which makes day-to-day life extremely difficult.

Mr Glaysher said: "Parkinson’s presents itself in many ways but ultimately life changes as the brain deteriorates. I struggle to face up to my connection with Parkinson’s. Various trials for cures have not been successful yet, but is a cure out there somewhere?

"I guess in a way, I could deal with it by putting my head in the sand. But that helps no one but I can make a difference and with help, perhaps we can make change happen."

Despite freefalling from 14,000 feet and wingwalking, Mr Glaysher says the upcoming marathon is a "huge challenge" requiring both physical and mental strength.

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Injury stopped him taking past last year so this time round, he is being extra careful with his training.

He said: "Twenty-six miles is a crazy distance. It's hard at the moment with the training. I began in October. I've been running at Aldenham Country Park, running four times a week, doing pilates twice a week. It's all for a great cause."

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Mr Glaysher taking part in a 10km run in London with his daughter and her partner

Mr Glaysher has set himself a fundraising target of £2,000.

This Saturday, the account manager will host a quiz night at 96 Shenley Road. There will also be an auction and raffle with several businesses in Borehamwood town centre donating prizes.

The fundraiser starts at 7pm, with tickets costing £5.

Call Mr Glaysher on 07908115077 to book a place.

To find out more about Mr Glaysher's marathon challenge and donate, visit his Just Giving page.