Meet the teenager who’s really been put through his paces – running 150 miles in order to raise thousands of pounds for Trinity Hospice.
Lee Ashton, 13, completed his charity challenge, running five miles a day for 30 days of October in a bid to raise £2,000 for the Hospice.
Lee was inspired to help the hospice after hearing about its work supporting people with life threatening or life limiting illnesses.
And it was knowing where his hard earned donations will be going that spurred him on through while running come sun or rain on his “experience of a lifetime”.
He said: “I feel good for doing it because it’s going towards something important.
“My legs were starting to feel tired but my cause for running kept me going.”
To keep things fresh the teen altered his route from his home on Abbeyville, South Shore, and sometimes had friends and family join him on the daily runs.
He completed his challenge at the palliative care unit on Low Moor Road, Bispham, on Wednesday afternoon.
Proud mum Joselyn Rae, 44, said: “Seeing him come round that corner on the last run was wonderful, it was all worth it and his face said it all.”
Lee has so far raised around £1,600 but hopes to his grand total will reach £2,000 when all donations are collected.
He said: “I was surprised, I didn’t think I was going to raise that much.”
Joselyn added: “He’s over the moon that it’s going to help people.
“He’s got so much to give in life so for those who haven’t got long to live he can help give them that quality of life.”
Natalie Bromley, corporate fund-raiser for Trinity Hospice, said: “We were blown away by Lee’s determination and are absolutely delighted that he went that extra mile for Trinity.
“We would like to say a massive thank you to him for taking part in this fund-raising challenge.
“Every penny of the money he has raised will go directly to patient care here at the Hospice and we are so very grateful.”
The St Bede’s Catholic High School pupil is now considering taking up a cycling challenge to raise money for a cancer charity and has inspired his friends to fund raise too.
To support Lee, visit www.justgiving.com/leeashton.