A South Yorkshire man showed his grit when he ran the equivalent of a marathon a day for a week - to raise money for charity.
Stephen Crownshaw, who works as a Streets Ahead gritter in Sheffield over the winter months, raised £1,500 for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in Rotherham by running from the highest point in Wales to Wales in South Yorkshire.
He completed the challenge with his father, Les.
Bluebell Wood is Streets Ahead’s charity of the year, with employees urged to raise cash.
Streets Ahead employees will be taking part in a number of activities throughout the year, including a ‘bag it up’ week where staff will be encouraged to donate unwanted clothing to the charity’s shops
Stephen, from Hackenthorpe, said: “I am so pleased at how much money we have managed to raise for such a good cause and we’re grateful for all the support we’ve had from my colleagues and the public.
“We really enjoyed the run through some lovely places off the beaten track and the nice weather helped enormously. Every day was pleasant and we didn’t seem to struggle at all.”
Councillor Terry Fox, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for Environment and Transport said: “I would like to congratulate Stephen and his dad for completing this huge challenge for such a worthwhile charity.
“The Streets Ahead team work hard to upgrade the city’s roads and pavements and it’s great to see that in their spare time they continue to support the city in raising money for charity.”
Rachael Dawes, Corporate Fundraising Manager for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, said: “Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice needs to raise more than £3 million a year to continue providing specialist support to children with complex medical needs and life shortening conditions.
“Every penny raised for us makes a huge positive difference.”