THE Workshop Controller of Exeter’s Mitsubishi dealership has certainly gone the extra mile in raising funds for the charity that has supported his 10-year-old daughter in her battle against ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Andy Godbeer battled against the hottest conditions ever known in the history of the London Marathon to complete the grueling 26.2 mile course in five hours and 47 minutes – all to help raise awareness and money for the Action for M.E Children’s Services charity.

The father-of-three, who has worked at the Trusham Road dealership since 1994 and lives in Exeter, was inspired to run the marathon in aid of the charity following his daughter, Betty, being diagnosed with the illness just as she started school in 2012. The condition causes Betty to suffer from persistent fatigue and continuous pain and doesn’t go away with sleep or rest.

Andy, 45, has already raised nearly £700 of his £1,000 target for the charity and was delighted to collect his finisher’s medal. Also a keen footballer and follower of Speedway, he said: “The charity has been a lifeline for our family and many others and I wanted to do something that would show how grateful we are for its support.

“To say it was hard work in the heat is an understatement and I’d like to say a big thank you to all my family, friends and colleagues who have supported and sponsored me.”

Anyone wishing to donate to Andy’s cause can do so by visiting:

Photo: Livery Dole’s Andy Godbeer celebrates finishing the London Marathon with his wife Dannii, youngest daughter Betty and son, Andrew.

Andy and family