A Harrogate health club employee is staging a fund raising event this Monday in aid of a local charity he is running the London Marathon for.
Sean Nicholson was one of dozens of people who answered an appeal from Disability Action Yorkshire, who were looking for someone to take up their place at the world famous 26-mile run in April.
In return, 26-year-old Sean, a duty manager at Nuffield Health, on Hornbeam Park, has pledged to raise in excess of £1500, which will go towards the purchase of a new adapted-vehicle to transport wheelchair-using residents to and from their Claro Road care home.
For his fund-raising day, Sean has roped in the support of his colleagues who are bringing in cakes and treats for members and guests to purchase.
In addition, he will be on a treadmill from 9am until 5pm and there will be a “guess-Sean’s-marathon-time” competition, plus a raffle.
Guest passes for the day, which usually costs £15, will be handed out in exchange for a donation to the charity.
Disability Action Yorkshire chief executive Jackie Snape said: “I’m really impressed with Sean’s fund-raising efforts and what he has got planned for Monday.
“Some of our staff and service users will also be popping along during the course of the day so Nuffield staff and members can find out a little bit more about the services we provide.
“I’m delighted it was Sean’s name that was picked from the many who applied for the marathon place.”
Sean, who has never run a marathon before, said: “I’d like to say a big thank you to all the team at Nuffield who are helping with Monday’s fund-raiser, and already I have raised more than £400 towards my target.
“I have been in training since November, and, with the expertise, help and guidance of colleagues, when it comes to the big day I will be fully prepared.”
Those wishing to support Sean can do so by visiting his sponsorship page at www.virginmoneygiving.com/SeanNicholson