Heroic Henry’s running for brother with heart defect

Henry (left) with his brother Alan Goodger
Henry (left) with his brother Alan Goodger

The bond between two brothers has inspired one to run a marathon so the other can have the strength to walk a few yards down the street.

Alan Goodger was born with a serious heart defect and has needed numerous operations just to stay alive.

Younger brother Henry has vowed to raise money for research into heart disease by running the London Marathon next month – even though he knows it will stretch him to the limit.

“I was so unfit I could only run a mile at a time when I started training. But I’m determined to do it to help my brother and other people with heart problems,” said 28-year-old Henry.

“Alan can’t run at all – he gets out of breath just walking. But that’s no problem because I can do all the running for him.”

Henry, a graphic designer from Mixbury, has seen 41-year-old Alan undergo constant pioneering medical treatment to keep his abnormal heart beating over the years.

“He’s had countless procedures and operations and he’s caused many terrifying moments for the family. But without it l he would not be with us today,” he said.

Despite everything, Alan, who lives in Milton Keynes, manages to lead a normal life. He is married with two young children and works in John Lewis warehouse.

“He’s an inspiration to us all. Everything is more effort for him yet he does it uncomplainingly” said Henry.

“The least I can do for him is push myself to run London Marathon. Every step that I take will be for my brother.

“He has promised to be there to watch me and cheer me on. It’s going to be the hardest thing I’ve done but I won’t let myself give up before the finish line.”

To sponsor Henry go to http//uk.virginmoneygiving.com/HenryGoodger.