Paul will run 112 miles in 24 hours to help children's hospice
A COALPIT Heath dad is taking on a gruelling running challenge to raise money for the region's children's hospice.
Dad-of-three Paul Dennett is running 112 miles from London to his home in just 24 hours.
Paul, who thought up the challenge to mark his upcoming 44th birthday, is calling it the Long Run Home and will attempt it over the weekend of February 6-7 next year.
He is looking for sponsorship and donations in support of Children’s Hospice South West, a charity he has already raised more than £26,000 for over the years.
Paul is the founder of running and fitness club Active Soul UK and one of his friends in the club, Alex Bright, from Emersons Green, has been supported by CHSW’s Charlton Farm hospice at Wraxall for many years.
Her son Jack, 13, has Pallister-Killian syndrome, an extremely rare, life-limiting illness and requires round the clock care.
Described as a "super-cheeky chap", Jack (below) enjoys visits to the hospice, particularly sessions with a music therapist, and his sister Lotte, 14, is also supported by the hospice's Sibling Team.
In previous years Paul organised and taken part in a three-day ultra-marathon involving a six-mile swim, 171- and 90-mile bike rides and a double marathon of 52 miles. He also took part in an alternative 3 Peaks challenge which involved climbing and cycling the 665 miles between the highest peaks in England, Wales and Scotland.
Active Soul UK contributes 50% of its monthly membership fees to CHSW.
Paul will start his challenge at Trafalgar Square on February 6 next year.
He said: "Four years ago, when I started Active Soul UK, the aim was to help people get active and raise as much as we could for the charity.
"With COVID-19 our fundraising has taken a massive hit, so it's time to put the trainers back on and get out there.
"I have never run further than 52 miles. This is the biggest challenge I will have ever done.
"Please help us raise as much money as we can for an amazing charity."
CHSW community fundraiser Frances Kenneally said: “It costs around £11 million to run all three hospice sites each year and we rely almost entirely on voluntary contributions to fund this vital service.
"We are so grateful for everything Paul has done and continues to do to support short and precious lives.”
To support Paul visit his fundraising page at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/TheLongRunHome.