Tandridge Council’s waste and recycling contracts manager Simon Mander is running the London Marathon in April 2017 to raise money for the Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA).
Mr Mander has worked in the recycling and waste management industry for over 25 years, serving local authorities including Horsham and Croydon councils as well as having worked at Defra delivering the National Waste Minimisation and Recycling Fund. He and his council is also a member of the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee.
The DSA is a cause that is close to his heart, as his son Finlay, 8, was born with the condition. His wife, Tammy and his two other sons, Hayden age 6 and Kaj age 3, live together in Kent.
Commenting, Mr Mander said: “When Finlay was diagnosed it came as a huge shock to our family. In the beginning we needed all the support and advice we could get and the DSA helpline was there for us when it mattered most. I doubt we would be in such a good place now without their help.
“They helped us to realise that with the right support in place, we could make sure Finlay had everything he needed to thrive. He is such a happy and loving boy, we feel honoured to have him in our lives. Over the years since, the DSA has continued to support us with advice and resources which have been invaluable.
“I want to make sure other families can also benefit from their support. Running a marathon feels like the least I can do to say thank you.”