Fundraiser Matthew pledges to run 10k every day

A YOUNG Wirral man is set to take on a mammoth month-long challenge to raise cash for vulnerable children.

Matthew Mullen, from Bebington, will take on a gruelling schedule of a 10km run every day during November to raise funds for Action For Children.

Dubbed ‘Movember’ – as a tribute to Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah – the project will see 22-year-old Matthew running in different cities across the country, with the final leg being held in Wirral.

The former Wirral Grammar School for Boys student is hoping to raise at least £1,000 for the charity and is calling on Globe readers to support him in any way they can.

He said: “It all started a few months back when the Olympics were on and I found Mo Farah to be absolutely amazing. I was having a few drinks with friends and we made the link with Movember, which raises awareness for men’s health. I had this idea that it would be great to run 10K every during November for charity.

“I am not a runner at all and have never done anything like this in my life but I started to realise that I couldn’t back out once I had suggested it! Plus, I wanted to do something that put me through a bit of pain and struggle so it felt worthwhile.”

Action For Children supports some of the most vulnerable and neglected children in the UK, including help for youngsters in care and disabled children.

Matthew, who works at Nestle in Bristol, is hoping his efforts can make a difference to children’s lives and is hoping local people will come out and join him on November 30 as he completes his challenge.

He said: “Although I am based in Bristol, my job takes me around the country so I am planning on doing my run wherever I happen to be each day. When you read about what some children have to go through, it makes me realise how lucky I am to have such a supportive family and to have been able to go to university and have all these great opportunities.

“I believe that every child should be given a chance, regardless of their background – that’s why I chose Action For Children. I haven’t figured out the Wirral route yet but I know there’s going to be a big group of us doing and anyone is welcome to join in with us.”

To sponsor Matthew’s Movember challenge, visit www.justgiving.com/Matthew-Steven-Mullen

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