A Sunderland fundraiser has set himself 30 challenges in a bid to secure £30,000 for a Ryhope hospice.
Anthony McDermott, from Barnes, Sunderland decided to give something back to his local hospice when he turned 30.
It comes after his father-in-law, Lewis Binyon, received treatment for bowel and pancreatic cancer at St Benedict’s Hospice, in Ryhope, Sunderland.
Mr McDermott, who works as an account manager for Sun FM and is a member of the Sunderland Strollers running club, set himself the challenge of raising the money throughout 2016.
“I wanted to do something a bit special with turning 30 and give something back to the hospice at the same time because they’ve been brilliant, so I came up with raising £30,000, in 30 events in my 30th year,” he said.
The fundraiser’s first event entailed him running the length of Hadrian’s Wall, from Bowness on Solway to Carlisle – an 87 mile, 30-plus hour marathon feat which saw him running across an entire weekend, including having to return home for a couple of hours when his teammate Scott Baker was injured.
Mr McDermott added: “I grabbed a couple of hours sleep and I could have stayed where I was, but I thought I’m just going to go and finish it.
“My feet were blistered to bits and we had about a seven mile detour because of the flooding in Carlisle, but it was great to finally finish on the Sunday afternoon.”
The 30-year-old has already raised more than £600 with his first challenge.
Other events lined up include being waxed, a sky dive, the Sunderland Half Marathon, the Great North Run, Edinburgh Marathon, a Tough Mudder and the Stadium of Light step challenge.
Catrina Flynn, fundraising manager at St Benedict’s Hospice, said: “We’re so grateful to Anthony.
“He’s set himself a real challenge – not only to deliver every time but also to come up with 30 ways for him to raise the money.
“We’ll be cheering him on every step of the way.”
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