A Barnsley fundraiser will quite literally be going the extra mile for the charity he loves and works for between now and Christmas.
Despite having chronic osteoarthritis as a result of Chrohn’s Disease, Mark Perry will run a mile every day for the next 175 days to raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, taking him right up to the festive season.
The fitness fundraising challenge is part of the ‘175 Campaign’ – a major, six-month appeal by Sheffield-based healthcare company B. Braun Medical Ltd to raise vital funds for the rapid response emergency charity.
Mark is a South Yorkshire regional fundraiser for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, having worked for the charity for the last seven years.
He said: “It seems a long time until the last run on Christmas Day but I’m determined to complete the challenge.
“It was a choice between giving up chocolate for 175 days or running a mile a day – and it was never going to be the chocolate.”
The 175 Campaign encourages people across the region to donate a minimum of £1.75 each to help organisers reach their target in time for Christmas.
n To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/The175Campaign.