Lee to shoulder 40lb backpack to support children’s charity
Ex-soldier Lee Wines is aiming to raise thousands of pounds for a children’s charity by taking part in the 2018 Hastings Half Marathon – with 40lb strapped to his back!
Now an assistant site manager with Bovis Homes, he will haul the equivalent in weight of a five-gallon office water-cooler bottle filled up to the brim, around the testing 13.1-mile course on Sunday 18 March.
The former Lance Corporal, who fought for Queen and country on three tours of Iraq during eight years in the Armed Forces, is looking to attract £5,000 in sponsorship for the Starlight Children’s Foundation, which is dedicated to brightening the lives of children and teenagers suffering from a serious or terminal illness.
‘It will be a little bit like some of the exercises I used to do in the Army, but while I’m reasonably fit, I’ve not done anything quite like this for ten years!’ says Lee. ‘The first seven miles are uphill so it’s not going to be easy, but I’m determined to finish, even if I have to power-walk and jog some of the way.’
‘Becoming a dad last year brought home to me how I’d feel if my child was sick and underlined the importance of the Starlight Children’s Foundation in giving support to children and their families,’ says Lee. ‘It performs a vital role in providing entertainment to children in hospital and making their dreams come true by taking them on special days out.’
If you would like to sponsor Lee, please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lee-wines
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