Pc to pound the streets for charities

MARATHON: Pc Matt Paisley.
MARATHON: Pc Matt Paisley.

Being a police officer requires a certain degree of physical fitness, but a Hadleigh Pc is stretching his endurance levels to the limit to run the London Marathon.

Matthew Paisley, an officer on the Babergh East Safer Neighbourhood Team, will take up his place on the starting line of the world’s most famous road race on April 13.

Mr Paisley, who grew up in Hadleigh and has always worked in the town, was successful in securing a ballot entry to the race and will be running to raise funds for The Porch Project in Hadleigh and the neo-natal unit at Ipswich Hospital.

“I want to give back a little to those that offer so much,” said Mr Paisley, who was presented with a Hadleigh town mayor award in 2012 for his hard work in the community.

The Porch Project is a youth club based at St Mary’s Church. It provides activities for those aged between 11 and 20 and has more than 300 members.

The project is credited with having a positive impact on anti-social behaviour and crime reduction, but relies on donations to continue.

Mr Paisley said he had also chosen to run for the Framlingham ward at Ipswich Hospital, which caters for high dependency and intensive care babies, following the birth of his daughter, Isla, in October.

“The neo-natal unit is very close to my heart, as Isla was born at only 29 weeks, weighing 2lb and 13oz,” he said.

“Not only did Isla have to contend with being so tiny and under-developed, she battled her way through blood poisoning and infection, finally being allowed home on Boxing Day 2013.

“If it was not for the skill and determination of the staff at Ipswich Hospital, Isla and many other babies may not have survived.”

To sponsor Mr Paisley, go to www.btplc.com/mydonate, and search for Matt Paisley.

Donations will be split equally between the two causes.