NATHAN Vaughan from Ludlow is a man who thinks ahead.

The courier driver has been accepted in the London Marathon next year, but has not only already started training but also be gan a prog ramme of fund-raising for his chosen charity.

He wants to make as much money as he can for a small charity that helps children with life limiting diseases and their families.

The charity is named after Jessie May, a little girl who died aged just four months.

Nathan, 40, pictured, works for a courier business in Hereford and moved to Ludlow just a few months ago.

He is a former football referee but describes himself as ‘not especially fit’ and the marathon will be his first.

One of the things that attracted him to the charity is that it helps whilst the sick child is alive but also stays with the family helping them through the grieving process after their loved one has died.

It works with children from just a few months up to 19 years.

“I have recently moved to Ludlow, however, having grown up in Hereford and still working in the surrounding towns and villages as a courier, many of my fund-raising ef forts are focused in this area,” he said.

He has a few fund-raising plans underway, including a coffee morning, skittles evening, pool competition, car boot sales, as well traditional sponsorship.

The next event is a charity auction which at Saxty’s Wine Bar in Hereford tonight, Thursday, at 7.45pm.

Lots for auction include a half hour flight from Shobdon Airfield, a short break in Llandudno, a tandem sky dive, a golf simulator experience and a Gold Ticket for four people to the Saracens at Wembley.

There is a ‘just giving’ page for people to make donations at