Thanet bus driver Garry Warren, is a super fundraiser with a number half marathon and marathon medals in his collection, including the world-famous London Marathon.
The 53-year-old Garlinge dad has raised thousands of pounds for local charities over the years and now Garry and his youngest daughter Emma will be supporting Pilgrims Hospices
Garry, Emma and colleagues from Stagecoach Westwood Cross bus garage are all gearing up to take on the Thanet 5K Colour Run in October.
Garry said: “I’ve been a bus driver for 27 years, and my colleagues and fellow bus drivers have always been generous with their donations and support, I’d like to thank them, their help has been a huge part of my fundraising achievements over the years. I’d especially like to thank my great friend and colleague Dave Irving, who does so much to help me with my fundraising.
“I understand how important Pilgrims Hospices care is within the community, some of my colleagues have received care from the hospice. After receiving a cancer diagnosis, Pilgrims helped to manage their pain and provided support at the end of their lives.”
Originally from South London, family man Garry moved to Margate 12 years ago.
The dad to Emma, 13, and Katie, 23, said: “I definitely made the right move, my family and I love our local life. People are so friendly and we’ve settled and enjoy life away from the hustle and bustle of London.
“I’ve always been a keen runner ever since I was a teenager, and over the years, I’ve raised around £10,000 for local charities including Pilgrims Hospices. My generous friends and colleagues have supported my fundraising and I try to find some interesting and quirky ways to gain their support. “Sometimes, if I’m planning to run with a friend, I will ask them to guess the gap between our finishing times, this usually achieves some laughs and keeps us going right through to the end of the run.
“My daughter Emma and me will be taking on all the fun of the Thanet 5K Colour Run and we hope to get well and truly colour splashed on our way around the route. I also have some Stagecoach colleagues who are taking part too.”
People can still join Garry and Emma for the Colour Run fun on Sunday, October 2. You can walk, jog or run the event, it’s all about the fun of taking part. As part of your registration fee, you will receive a white T-shirt, paint sachet and fun protective specs, the rest is up to you to go have fun!
After checking in on the day, the event gets started with some fun warm-up music and then an amazing colour blast to start off those taking part.
The run starts and finishes at Palm Bay Green, Palm Bay Avenue. Registration opens at 9am and the run gets underway at 11.30am.
Standard entries close on Monday, September 26