A YOUNGSTER from Skelmersdale is in the middle of a 125 mile running challenge for charity!
Joel Morley, 12, started on August 1 and plans to run four or more miles every day until the end of this month in order to reach the milestone.
The youngster wants to raise enough money for Derian House to send one of its families on holiday.
Joel, who lives with his mum, dad, and three brothers, hopes to raise £1,000 for the Chorley children’s hospice.
The determined youngster, who attends Up Holland High School in Wigan, caught the running bug during the Covid lockdown as it got him out of the house and gave him a focus.
Joel, who is also a budding actor, completed his first fundraiser run of 80 miles for the place that prepared him for his first big panto role earlier this year - his local performing ‘Artz’ Centre in Skelmersdale.
With that under his belt, Joel decided to do something for Derian House, a hospice that provides respite and end-of-life care to more than 450 children and young people across the North West.
With Joel’s fundraising goal of £1,000, Derian House would be able to offer one of their families a week’s stay in their holiday lodges completely free of charge.
This is not the first time Joel has attempted a challenge for Derian House. Last year he planned to run 100 miles in 50 days but completed the challenge with days to spare. Instead of stopping, he carried on running and racked up an extra 20 miles - raising just over £2,000 for the charity.
When asked why he chose to help Derian House, Joel said: “I’m very lucky to be healthy and happy. I realise that other children don’t have the same opportunities that I do.
“I did some research and when I found out about Derian House and all that they do I knew that was the charity I wanted to help. You can see that Derian House is a really nice place where children can go to make the most of it. I want to raise as much as I can for them.”
To donate to Joel’s challenge visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Katie-Louise25