A GRUELLING 90 mile coast to coast run, undertook by two local dads, helped raise more than £2,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Tony Wright, from Knowle, and Nick Sargeant, based in Solihull, completed the run on September 26 having started three days prior to their eventual completion of the monster challenge.
The route followed Hadrian’s Wall from Bowness-on-Solway, past Carlisle and Newcastle, to finish up in Tynemouth.
Both men completed the journey carrying 20lb backpacks containing clothing, food and emergency supplies.
Tony was inspired to train hard for this challenge after witnessing the good work done at the hospital – and praised the workers at the hospital’s intestinal transplant unit.
He added: “Nick and I wanted to show our support for the people who work so hard every day in this incredible place.
“The challenge was incredibly tough but raising over £2000 made the pain and blisters worthwhile.”
The money raised will go towards the intestinal transplant unit’s annual family day – a day which provides invaluable opportunity for families to meet with other parents, siblings and patients to share their experiences.
Intestinal transplant is a new procedure only carried out in exceptional circumstances.
The children that undergo treatment are chronically sick – without donations the hospital simply couldn’t run the family days that are so important in helping families feel less alone.
Sara Clarke, senior specialist dietitian for the intestinal transplant unit at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, said: “The determination that Tony and Nick have shown to raise money for families that they don’t even know is overwhelming.
“This was an immense challenge that saw them push themselves to their absolute physical limit, much like the children that we care for within the unit.”
Anyone wishing to make a donation or learn more about the challenge, visit www.justgiving.com/West-Coast-2-East-Coast