A 35-year-old man from Holmeslack, in Preston, is set to put his body on the line in order to raise much needed funds for disabled children in Preston.
Garry Harper, has signed up to take part in Born Survivor, one of the UK’s toughest obstacle course events, which will takes place at Capesthorn Hall, in Greater Manchester, on Saturday 24th September, 2016.
The gruelling 10K run through treacherous terrain will see Garry having to negotiate a series of punishing hills, overcome running water and mud pit challenges, before pushing himself over, under and through 30 military style obstacles.
And if the University of Central Lancashire graduate makes it to the finishing line he’s hoping to raise £150 for Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families.
Garry says that the charity is close to his heart as it has recently been supporting his family. As he explained: “My wife Stella and I have two sons, Hendrix, aged five and Harley, who is seven. Both the boys have autistic spectrum disorder and their conditions are quite challenging.
“They have significant sensory processing issues and learning difficulties, whilst Hendrix also has Pica eating behaviour. This involves him persistently eating substances that have no nutritional values, such as dirt.
“Recently we’ve had a problem with our kitchen floor and Hendrix has been picking up material under the floor boards before putting it into his mouth. Flooring foam can be really dangerous so Caudwell Children’s Family Services Coordinator has been trying to secure funding for us to have a replacement floor.”
Garry, who moved from Bradford to Preston in 2001, is a regular to the gym so he’s quietly confident that he will complete the challenge. He said. “I’ve always enjoyed being fit but after the boys came along I stopped going to the gym for a few years. I’ve recently started to go again and I try to make it in five times a week.”
Trudi Beswick, Chief Executive of Caudwell Children, is delighted by Gary’s support. She said: “It’s fantastic that Gary is showing his appreciation of our support by raising funds for the charity.
“Much of our work involves sitting down with parents and helping them complete the necessary paperwork to secure the funding needed for equipment, therapies and treatments. If families need money for services that we can’t supply we will signpost them to other charities or support services who can help them.”
You can support Garry through his Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/garry-harper