Charity cash rolls in for Forrest runner!

'Run, Forrest, run' - that is what Neil Tyrer will hear when he dresses as film character Forrest Gump.

Friday, 17th March 2017, 3:28 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:38 am
Neil Tyrer from Wigan is about to enter the London Marathon dressed as Forrest Gump to raise money for the Ambitious About Autism charity

The 40-year-old is raising money for charity Ambitious About Autism.

And he has decided to dress as Forrest Gump, who he says was on the autistic spectrum.

Neil, who lives in Pemberton, is supporting the charity as his seven-year-old stepson was diagnosed with ADHD and is going through the autistic panel, while his cousin’s three children are also on the autistic spectrum.

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The father-of-three has planned a host of fund-raising events for which he will dress at the iconic screen character. He will also run the London marathon in a Forrest-like outfit.

He said: “Anywhere I go I’m dressing up in the suit and blue and white checked shirt.”

Neil is holding a charity night on Saturday, March 25 at the Belle Vue pub in Springfield. Tickets cost £3.

He is doing car boot sales, cake sales, bucket collections and bag packing at Sainsbury’s in Marus Bridge on Sunday, April 9.

And Neil will run the London marathon for the second time on Sunday, April 23 - although in a different outfit with “Forrest” on his vest.

He said: “I know people get nervous about doing things like this but there are no nerves there. I know I’m capable of doing it.”

To sponsor Neil, go to www.justgiving.com/neiltyrer40.