Caped Crusaders set to take on charity challenge in memory of Jack, 15
The dynamic duo will take to the streets of Sheffield next month to complete a half marathon – dressed as Batman and Robin.
The pair hopes to raise funds for The Children’s Hospital Charity with the visual spectacle, in memory of Dan’s son Jack, who lost his battle with brain cancer in 2018, aged just 15.
“Who doesn’t want to be Batman for a day?” asked Dan.
"I’ll admit I’ve not tried running in it yet, but the outfit is a snug fit!
"I’ve thought about going for a quick run in it, but I’m not sure the people in my surrounding area are ready for that just yet.”
Dan and Andy, who have been friends for more than 25 years, had originally planned to run the Sheffield Half Marathon back in March, before it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
After the rescheduled event was cancelled, the pair were undeterred in their efforts to raise money for the Sheffield charity, and decided to put together their own route, which they will run on September 27
Andy said: “I’ve known Dan since we were at college together, and when he told me he was planning on running as Batman, I thought he was crazy in the best possible way.
"We went out for a beer shortly after and I must have had one too many, because I offered to be the Robin to his Batman, despite my reservations about the outfit!”
Dan added: “Andy’s a great marathon runner, he’s completed several of them.
"He’s quick too, so I just hope my superpowers on the day mean I can keep up with him.”
The fundraising will add to the more than £100,000 already raised for Sheffield Children’s Hospital and CLIC Sargent, all in the of Jack.
Jack started the fundraising himself, setting up a JustGiving page whilst undergoing chemotherapy on the dedicated neurosciences ward, Ward 5, at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
A community effort was born, collectively and affectionately known as #TeamJack, with supporters taking on a host of activities ranging from races, sponsored walks and triathlons, to holding bake sales and charity stalls.
Andy explained: “Jack was an idol to my 11-year-old son Oscar, who has autism.
"They played video games together and he was very understanding. He was like a big brother to him and it means a lot to be able to support his cause.”
Rachael Thomas, events fundraising officer at The Children’s Hospital Charity, added: “It’s wonderful that Dan and Andy are still fundraising for Sheffield Children’s Hospital, despite all the cancelled running events.
“We’re so thankful to them and everyone in #TeamJack who continues to dedicate themselves to their fundraising, which has raised an incredible total and already been used to help improve the ward’s surroundings.”