Peter, dad-to-be from Chislehurst, is taking part in the iconic TCS London Marathon in October in support of PACT, the charity he is adopting with.
Peter, aged 40, is a healthcare worker and he and his husband David have been approved as adoptive parents though PACT and are currently family finding for their future children.
Peter said to run the London Marathon was a lifetime ambition which he fulfilled in 2013 but that 10 years on, he jumped at the opportunity to do it again for PACT!
He said: “My husband and I have been working with PACT since October 2021 towards our aim of becoming adoptive parents. We were approved as adopters in May this year and are now going through the family finding process, hoping to meet our children and form our forever family.
“PACT have been nothing short of amazing from the very beginning, and we both feel privileged to have been so well supported by our amazing social worker, and by the other PACT staff during the various stages of our adoption journey.
“Because of this experience, I could not think of any other charity more deserving than PACT and feel privileged to try and raise some money for them.”
He said that he found the London Marathon in 2013 “emotional, exhilarating, inspirational, painful, and challenging, all in equal measure!”
“I enjoy running but am not a ‘natural’ athlete so the training and build up to the day itself is as much of a challenge as the 26.2 miles of the race day itself.
“Marathon day is one of those special days where London comes into its own, and I have always revelled in the love and support everyone has for each other on the day. I just have to make sure I don’t cry too much – I can’t afford to lose any more water and electrolytes!”
Peter is one of nine members of Team PACT who will be running the 26.2 miles around the streets of London on 2nd October.
He has a £1,600 fundraising target and is collecting donations to his page at https://tcslondonmarathon.enthuse.com/pf/peter-sutton-eb140
He said: “My marathon challenge this year is even more personal to me than the last time, because I am running to support a charity which has supported us throughout a momentous, life changing event.
“Adoption in the UK is a complex and, at times, very challenging process, and I could not envisage doing it without the support and guidance of a charity like PACT.
“However, providing the level of information and one to one support we have received does not come cheap, and it is through fundraising that I can pay back some of the kindness that has been extended to my husband and I, so that future prospective adopters have the same positive experience as we have.
“Every penny will go towards supporting prospective adopters, as well as providing vital on-going post-adoption support to families like our own.”