FOUR fund-raising feats of endurance amassing four figured sums for four chosen charities - all undertaken by just one man.
Devoted dad and Skegness resident, Richard Vincent, successfully completed the third in his epic series of challenges when he crossed the Edinburgh Marathon finishing line last Sunday.
His charitable mission has already seen him strap on his running shoes for the London Marathon and cycle the breadth of the country from Blackpool to Skegness. In this latest endurance race Richard successfully shaved more than half an hour of his previous marathon time, completing it in an impressive 4hrs 10mins.
All the physical exertion and months of training has helped Richard lose more than two stones in weight and he has noted an appreciable improvement in his general wellbeing but the main purpose behind all the hard work is to raise money for charity. The latest leg has brought the fund raising tally well above the £2000 mark which Richard will be dividing between four worthy causes when he finishes his final feat next month.
Knowing that his efforts are going towards a good cause has helped spur Richard on throughout his challenges.
“A year ago I don’t think I would have even put on a pair of trainers but knowing it is for charity has definitely made me more motivated because I feel accountable to them to try and raise as much as possible,” he said.
Richard’s son Jamie suffers from Down’s Syndrome and two of the charities he his raising funds for - Phab Kids and the Down’s Syndrome Association, help children like Jamie to cope with their condition.
His grandfather regularly donated to the British Heart Foundation and so Richard has decided to follow in his footsteps by giving them a share of the money he raises.
The final benefactor is the RNLI, chosen by Richard as a charity of local importance. With one fund raising adventure still to come Richard hopes he can raise even more money for his the four chosen charities.
Richard along with his wife Julie and several fellow fund raisers including two Skegness men Adam Cameron and John Hiscox, will soon be taking part in the ‘Three Peaks’ hill walking challenge.
l To donate visit www.fitfourchallenge2011.co.uk or if you want to take part call Richard on 01754 760128.