Pal Steve keeps PC David on the right track for marathon

David Rathband and Steve White.
David Rathband and Steve White.
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A LYNEMOUTH worker is making tracks to London to help injured policeman David Rathband take on the marathon.

Steve White, who is a senior buyer at aluminium manufacturer Rio Tinto Alcan, is stepping up to the mark in support of PC Rathband’s Blue Lamp Foundation.

PC Rathband was blinded in a shooting by killer Raoul Moat last July and set up the fund in October to support members of the emergency services who have suffered financial hardship after being injured as a result of a criminal act.

Mr White, who is a close friend and neighbour, agreed to help PC Rathband run the Virgin London Marathon to raise cash for the cause and will act as a spotter guide.

The 48-year-old, who lives in Cramlington, said: “We’re aiming to complete the run in around six-and-a-half to seven hours.

“As a guide I have learnt to keep moving and talk at the same time, which is certainly not an easy task.

“I am in constant communication with David, keeping him up to date on the route and any potential hazards.”

The pair have been training hard for the 26.2-mile run and recently completed the Blyth Valley 10k in one hour, 21 minutes.

They have already collected £4,800 in sponsorship, but hope to reach the £10,000 mark.

“We’re very grateful to all of our sponsors, including Rio Tinto Alcan, as the money raised will really help to make a difference to the lives of the many people who put their lives at risk for the sake of our safety on a daily basis,” said Mr White.

The foundation aims to raise £1m in the first three years.

To make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/bluelamp-foundation/Donate