Sheffield man swaps pints in pub for sand in Sahara

Russell Peckett
Russell Peckett
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A pub manager is to take a break from pulling pints and swap Sheffield for the Sahara.

Russell Peckett, who runs the Porter Brook on Ecclesall Road, has planned the trek to raise cash for Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Russell Peckett

Russell Peckett

During the five-day challenge, which will take him over rough terrain in 35 degree heat, Russell will be joined by 15 of his colleagues from Greene King, the pub chain which owns the Porter Brook.

Russell, aged 53, said: “I love a challenge and I get a real buzz out of doing it for charity.

“I did London to Paris a few years ago. I rode 700 miles in seven days last year and I did a triathlon style event at the pub where I used cardio machines to run, cycle and row over 24 hours.

“We don’t just want people to put money in a box - we would rather be creative and challenge ourselves.

“We get lots of parents in the pub and there are quite a few schools in the area so we get families in a lot and my customers chose The Children’s Hospital Charity as the cause they’d like to give money to. I really value their opinions and really want to listen to what they want from the pub.”

Russell’s youngest daughter Jade, now 23, spent time under the hospital’s care during her childhood.

He said: “She was in and out like most kids are - she was born with too many teeth so she had 13 teeth take out when she was three, she choked on a bauble part one Christmas when she was a baby and was rushed into surgery, she developed asthma and she was always in and out with cuts and bruises.

“It’s brilliant to know that our city has such a fantastic facility that you can rely on when you need it. We’ve been quite lucky that we’ve not needed the hospital for many serious problems, but for a lot of children it is a saviour.”

Money raised will go towards the Children’s Hospital Charity’s ‘Make it Better’ appeal, which will pay for a new wing with three new wards, private rooms, an outpatients department, a giant play tower and an outdoor garden.

Emma Dove, corporate fundraiser at The Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “It’s fantastic that Russell is going to such lengths to raise money for our charity.”

To sponsor Russell and find out more about his challenge visit