An appeal to provide a permanent oxygen supply at the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice has reached its first target and is well on its way to hitting its second.

David Hillman, whose wife Sarah died at the hospice, is to run in both the Fleet Half and the London Marathon to make his wife's final wishes come true.

He will be 50 on the day of the London run and is looking for sponsors.

So far he has raised over £7000 to pay for an oxygen supply to a new wing at the hospice, with Toshiba donating the final £1000.

Some £700 was raised by Graham Coles, from Tongham, who did a sponsored swim at Aldershot swimming pool. Both Graham and David work at Toshiba and Sarah also worked there before she fell ill with cancer.

Now David is well on the way to raising an additional £5,450 to fund an oxygen supply for the entire hospice.

He has raised about half of this already. Over £1000 was donated on Saturday by customers of Longacres Nursery in Bagshot. David said people were so generous that he could not even lift the bag of coins.

David set up Sarah's Lifeline Campaign to fulfill her last three wishes for the hospice.

Two of the wishes have already been accomplished and the appeal is for the third - that the hospice would have its own permanent supply of piped oxygen.

At the moment patients needing oxygen have to use tanks, which need monitoring and changing. The new system will be a matter of simply connecting up to a pipe in the wall.

Anyone wanting to donate should make cheques payable to the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice to be sent to: Toshiba UK Ltd, Toshiba House, Frimley Road, Frimley, Camberley, Surrey, GU16 7JJ, marking the envelope for Sarah's Lifeline Campaign.

Anyone wishing to sponsor David should ring him on 07712 791208. He will put a firm's name on his London run T shirt for a donation of £250 or more.