Dad's marathon effort in memory of murdered daughter

PUBLISHED: 17:02 22 April 2012

Patrick Rice in his Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary running top and picture of daughter Rebecca in whose memory he runs the Paris Marathon on Sunday

Patrick Rice in his Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary running top and picture of daughter Rebecca in whose memory he runs the Paris Marathon on Sunday

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Patrick runs in Paris for Sidmouth's The Donkey Sanctuary - late Rebecca's favourite cause

A MARATHON-RUNNING dad raised nearly £2,000 for a Sidmouth charity, in memory of his murdered daughter.

Patrick Rice, 57, of Woodbridge, Suffolk, raised the sterling sum by completing his first-ever 26-mile challenge in Paris on Sunday, in four hours and 23 minutes.

The cash will go to The Donkey Sanctuary – his late daughter Rebecca’s favourite cause.

Aspiring model Rebecca was killed by her boyfriend in 2006 when she was just 18.

“Rather than have flowers at her funeral, we asked everybody to donate money to The Donkey Sanctuary, as this was a charity close to her heart,” said Patrick.

Patrick said he was pleased with his running time and took the chance to relax in the French capital for a few days.

He thanked all Herald readers and Sidmouth residents who sponsored him.

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