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Marathon effort for Selsey’s Checkatrade boss

Charity marathan runner Kevin Byrne ( top) surrounded by his supporters at the start of his Chichester run. PPP-140629-082154006

Charity marathan runner Kevin Byrne ( top) surrounded by his supporters at the start of his Chichester run. PPP-140629-082154006

THE CHALLENGE of running 12 marathons in 12 months has been completed by a Selsey business boss.

Kevin Byrne, founder of trade-monitoring firm Checkatrade, finished his last run on Saturday (June 28) to raise money for new changing facilities at a special needs school’s swimming pool.

“I took on this challenge because swimming is a hugely important part of sports therapy and we really wanted to help make a difference to the pupils,” said Kevin. “It’s been hard work running a marathon a month, especially in January when I ran on my 50th birthday and also had our Checkatrade annual ball on the same day.

“But it’s all been worth it and we are aiming to start work this summer.”

The school in question is Redwood Park, in Portsmouth.

Kevin started his final marathon on a treadmill outside the Sainsbury’s store in Chichester, with supporters out in force.

The Checkatrade Foundation was set up to help those most in need at home and abroad, especially children.

Fundraiser Claire Allen said: “Staff at Checkatrade went to visit Redwood Park School and were shocked to discover the children currently have to change in a small, cramped building separate to the pool with no heating, toilets or showers, with disabled children changing behind a curtain poolside.”

She added as well as the school pupils, other groups used the pool and the funds would make a difference to the whole community.

Lynda Butt, headteacher at Redwood Park said: “We are very fortunate to have a lovely indoor heated swimming pool. Unfortunately for some of our pupils, the condition of the current changing facilities can be a barrier to engagement in swimming.

“The new changing rooms will make a huge difference ensuring that, before and after swimming, all our pupils feel safe in a brilliant, fit-for-purpose environment.”

Donate online at www.checkatradefoundation.org.

 

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