After contributing his own generous donation for the Altazimuth Telescope Appeal Paddy Rodgers, a Patron of Royal Museums Greenwich, chose to support the Royal Observatory further by choosing the 2017 Members and Patron' Telescope Appeal as his charity for the Cardiff Half Marathon.

Paddy's daughter Lola wanted him to run the marathon with her in October 2017, within a week of fundraising Paddy had raised over £2,500 towards our Telescope appeal aiming to return the world famous observatory back into a working observatory for the first time in over 60 years. Paddy works in shipping and values the importance of celestial observation for the history and success of maritime endeavours.

Paddy completed the race in an exceptional 2 hours and 3 minutes and his daughter just beat him with a fantastic finishing time of 1 hour and 52 minutes.

Every pound Paddy raised went to the appeal, his hard work raised almost £16,000 towards the campaign.

We are ever grateful to all of our supporters’ donations towards this landmark appeal and thank Paddy for going the extra mile to help us achieve our goal.

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