Andy’s on the run for charity

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A Chorley marathon man is set to run a staggering 136 miles to help raise money for Derian House Children’s Hospice.

Andy Lewis, 59, has been running up to four marathons a week to help prepare for the gruelling challenge which will begin close to Hull and end in Southport.

The self-employed Scout leader has already managed to raise £500 for the Astley Village hospice and he is hoping to more than double that figure before he hits the road on April 19.

He said: “I will set out on the Tuesday and will finish in Southport on the Saturday and will have to run for around six hours a day to cover the miles.

“I used to be part of an athletics club and take part in a lot of marathons, but that is quite a long time ago and I decided to do the coast-to-coast challenge before I turn 60.

“I once ran a crazy 50 miles in one day, but haven’t done anything like this before and I’m really looking forward to it, although it does involve a lot of training.

“I have been running a marathon one day and then a half-marathon the next. My family and friends think I am mad, but it’s all for a good cause.”

The father-of-three hopes to pledge a small amount of money that he raises to the Cub group at Trinity Methodist in Chorley, where he is a Scout leader.

He added: “I have been getting up at the crack of dawn and running more than four hours before going to work.

“A few of my friends are hoping to join me to run the last few miles on the Saturday and a few of the Cubs and Scouts will hopefully be in Southport to welcome me at the finish line.”

Andy said he was inspired to help Derian House after he learnt that they only receive a very small proportion of funding from the Government.

He added: “I live close to the hospice and know a few people who have had the use of their facilities, but I never know how much they had to rely on donations.

“I have been on a tour of the hospice and anybody who visits cannot help but be touched by the work they are doing there.

“I have already managed to raise £500 and I am hoping to approach a couple of the contractors I work with to see if they will support the cause.

“I hope to raise £1,000 by the end of it and anything more would be a big bonus.”

Andy has set up a fundraising website at www.justgiving.com/Andy-LewisCtoC