A COUNCIL employee has set himself the challenge of a 200km run in aid of Wirral University Teaching Hospital Trust's Globe-backed COVID-19 appeal.
Chris Ricks – a staff member for 17 years in the council’s Children’s Services team – will be using his daily exercise allowance to raise vital funds to support the appeal, set up by the WUTH Charity in conjunction with the Globe.
Launched in partnership last month, it is a chance for the public to help Arrowe Park and Clatterbridge hospitals by raising money that can be quickly redistributed into the effort to tackle the pandemic in Wirral.
The campaign has so far raised more than £32,000, thanks to support from the community.
Chris, a keen fitness advocate and martial arts instructor at Black Dragon Martial Arts in Woodchurch, will be utilising his skills to achieve the challenging goal of 200km.
Using the time during his daily one hour's exercise, because of social distancing, he will run a distance of 200km, tracking every day on his watch, and upload photos to his fundraising page.
If he achieves this distance before restrictions are lifted, he will keep going and will set further goals.
Talking about his goal Chris said: "I have many friends and family who work for the NHS and who are battling this crisis on a daily basis, plus a number of friends who have been personally affected by the virus who have needed the care of the hospital.
"This made me want to do something more to help. While out running during a daily exercise, I thought that I could do something positive with this, which is where the idea of setting a target and trying to hit it before restrictions are lifted came from.
"I'm now 40, and life catches up with you, including mishaps and injuries, and I now really struggle with running and the impact it has on my body.
"I know it will be a challenge but I’m determined.
"Although I'm raising funds for the hospital I also want to acknowledge all of the other fantastic key workers protecting us all.
"From the police to the fire service; waste collectors; care workers; supermarkets.
"The list goes on. Their work is life-changing.”
To support Chris and his quest to raise funds for you can donate to his appeal and follow his progress online by visiting his Just Giving page.