A DETERMINED Wigan man went the extra mile for a cause close to his heart.
Andrew Walls raised more than £350 for Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre after being inspired by workers at his grandad’s residential home.
The 27-year-old from Whitley completed half a marathon in Anglesey for the charity which aims to help vulnerable people.
He said: “I knew it was going to be a challenge but since my grandad was diagnosed with dementia last year, I saw just how valuable carers can be I just wanted to give something back.
“The run was a struggle as I had taken part in a half marathon not so long ago.
“But it was enjoyable and the fact that I knew I was doing something for a good cause kept me going - I wasn’t just running for the sake of it. I would definitely do it again and everybody has been so supportive.
“Most of the donations I received came from my work colleagues for which I am very grateful.”
Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre in Hindley provide support for carers from all over the borough.
Chairman, Clare Wareing, said that the charity is keen to let all of the estimated 36,000 carers across Wigan know about the services and what it offers.
Bill Stubbs, trustee of Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre, said: “We need funds since being ‘fledged’ last year from being a fully funded council service to be formed as a new Wigan and Leigh charity.
“For these reasons we are grateful to Andrew for organising our first public fund-raising event, and for raising most of the sponsorship money too.
“The massive sum of £352 will be directly used to provide support, expertise and advice to carers.
“Andrew is a splendid example of the 70 plus active volunteers who help us to provide this much-needed service to the public. And we could not operate without these wonderful people who donate that most precious commodity - their time.
“We are always delighted to hear from new volunteers, too, and they can be assured of a warm welcome, and a brew, at our Monday coffee mornings. ”
For more information contact the charity on 01942 705959.