A BUILDING society boss is running the London Marathon to support local hospices.

Peter Rowley, director and chief executive of Darlington Building Society, is to run this year's marathon, which will be held on Sunday, April 17, for the Help the Hospices appeal.

St Teresa's Hospice, in Darlington, Butterwick Hospice, in Stockton, Teesside Hospice Care Foundation and Hartlepool and District Hospice will all benefit.

To sponsor Mr Rowley, visit the website, www.justgiving.com/helppeterrowleyhelpthehospices.