A PETERSFIELD hairdresser and salon owner is to run 60 miles now he’s 60 to raise money for a local charity that cared for his terminally-ill dad until he died.
Paul Hawes of the Review salon in St Peter’s Road is hoping to raise at least £7,000 from his run on Saturday, June 5.
He will then lap the firing ranges between Whitehill and Greatham and the A325 and the A3 until he has achieved his target distance.
Paul, a married father of two from Hangers Way in Petersfield, said: “I am raising money for the Rosemary Foundation in Petersfield.
“There are 22 nurses and they are really amazing people.
“Between them they looked after my dad David at home with regular morning and night visits until he died in January aged 83.
“They would also come out whenever they were needed, morning, noon or night.
“They were fantastic, it’s an unbelievable charity, they also helped us as a family, and I can’t thank them enough.”
Paul, who went to the then Petersfield Comprehensive School, now TPS, is an experienced runner with Petersfield Triathlon Club.
He also took part in an Iron Man Challenge two years ago, and completed an Ultra Run along the South Downs, among other endurance events.
But even so he admits this challenge will be tough on his knees.
And he’s not taking his latest run lightly, and has been in training for it.
He is also hoping friends will join him to encourage him along as he laps the firing ranges nine times.
He said: “I am aiming to run every mile in around 12 minutes, and some friends have been kind enough to say they will accompany me for a lap or two or even three.”
Paul’s sister Kim Jobling added: “We are so grateful to the wonderful Rosemary Foundation nurses, who not only looked after dad with us, but helped us too.”
To donate to Paul’s run visit the Just Giving webpage at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Pauls60challenge
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