Veterinary community charity Vetlife has chosen a profession member to take its first charity place in the Virgin Money London Marathon.

Martin Hosegood
Martin Hosegood will join 38,000 other runners on 24 April when he takes part in the Virgin Money London Marathon on behalf of veterinary community charity Vetlife.

University of Bristol graduate Martin Hosegood worked mainly in large animal practice for 25 years, before becoming a Veterinary Defence Society (VDS) claims consultant in 2010.

Something special

Mr Hosegood said: “Through my role at VDS, where I assist those on the receiving end of  allegations of professional negligence or professional misconduct, I have seen the fantastic work Vetlife does to assist anyone in the veterinary community who is having a difficult time.

“I’ve run the marathon before for other charities, but there will be something special about running it to help support my own profession. I feel privileged to have been chosen.”

In good company

On 24 April, Mr Hosegood will join 38,000 other runners, including astronaut Tim Peake – who will be running the race aboard the International Space Station – Dame Kelly Holmes MBE, James Cracknell and Rosie Allister, chairman of the Vetlife Helpline.

Ms Allister said: “I’ll be looking out for Martin on the day and hope more vets and VNs will run marathons to fund-raise for Vetlife in the future.”

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