Spectators at this year’s Virgin London Marathon may do a double take as Hampshire based Howard Calvert runs by them on Sunday 22nd April.

The 39 year old from Farnborough is running the marathon dressed as a lobster in an attempt to break an official Guinness World Record for ‘Fastest Crustacean (male)’ The current record is 3:13:18 set at last year’s marathon.

And if that wasn’t enough of a challenge Howard is aiming to raise more than £2,000 for us after Dimbleby Cancer Care supported his sister-in-law following her cancer diagnosis in 2015.

Dad of two, Howard said: “My sister-in-law, Harry, received support from the charity following diagnosis with, and treatment of, breast cancer. She found the care there to be extremely beneficial and said the nurses in particular were incredible with their support and really helped her through a difficult time. Thankfully her health is now much better, and I know just how grateful she is to Dimbleby Cancer Care for helping her navigate this time in her life.”

Dimbleby Cancer Care was set up in 1966 in memory of broadcaster Richard Dimbleby and is based at Guy’s Cancer Centre in Southwark, London. It provides practical and psychological support to people living with cancer and to their families and carers. The charity has information and support centres at Guy’s Cancer Centre and Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup and an online directory of support services cancercaremap.org which helps people across the UK locate care and support services near to them. Additionally, the charity has funded over £2.7m in research grants since 2004 looking at all aspects of cancer care and support.

Robin Pritchard, Director at Dimbleby Cancer Care, said: “We are so grateful to the support of people like Howard who take on these challenges for us. As well as helping raise awareness of our work, as a small charity, every penny he raises really does make a difference to us and the people we support who are going through gruelling cancer treatment and living with cancer every day. Quite often it’s after treatment has finished that people really need our support to help them recover physically and mentally from what has happened to them. We can only do this with public support.”