14th November 2012
Inspired by being a good example to his young daughter Chloe (aged 3), Hastings Direct staff member Chris Hawkes has achieved his 2013 New Year's resolution already by quitting smoking and putting on his running shoes to raise money for charity.
Chris who has never run before knew he would need a challenge to help him give up smoking and with the backing of his work colleagues has been raising much needed funds for the Special Olympics Hastings and Rother.
This local charity is one of the 135 Special Olympics clubs in Great Britain, run by over 2,800 volunteers and involving 8,000 athletes who benefit from their sports programme.
Initially, Chris set himself the challenge of running six 10k races. Having run his first race, Chris has the bug and in addition to his challenge took on the Bexhill half marathon on Sunday. This challenge brings the total distance he has run to 66k and there is now just one 10k race left to run on December 2nd in Crowborough.
If you would like to support Chris — every £1 will count — please donate via his just giving page at www.justgiving.com/Chris-Hawkes1 or donate by text sending OLYM76 £1 (or any other amount) to 70070.
Chris Hawkes: "Fundraising for a charity really inspired me stick to staying off the cigarettes. I can't say it has all be fun, but the running has got easier and I am gob smacked that I managed to complete a half marathon. Thanks to everyone who has supported me I have managed to raise £160 so far."