A SON whose gruelling physical endurance feats have raised nearly £30,000 for cancer charities following his mother’s death from the disease was today (Monday August 11) set to launch his biggest challenge.
Tom Hacker , 27, from Horbury, Wakefield, lost his mother Susan to cancer 13 years ago and vowed to fundraise in her memory.
In 2007, Mr Hacker walked 1,000 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End in 28 days. In 2011 he cycled the same route in six days.
He plans to run six marathons in six days starting today to raise cash for Macmillan Cancer Support.
The 165 mile coast-to-coast challenge, which was due to start today in Liverpool, will cover a route through Manchester and Leeds before finishing at Spurn Point on the east coast.
He is aiming to raise £20,000 for the charity, which will be used to fund a new nursing role.
Mr Hacker said: “I was 13 when I lost my mum to cancer and my life has never been the same since.
“This is 100 percent my biggest challenge yet. I have been training for 10 months and anyone who is following my progress on my Facebook page will know it’s been gruelling at times.
“Fundraising helps me deal with what has happened and also create real change for those living with cancer today. The pain, the sacrifice, it’s all worth it.”
Hayley Cooke, Macmillan Cancer Support’s fundraising manager, said: “We are absolutely blown away by Tom’s incredible commitment to this challenge and to raising vital funds for Macmillan.
“His challenge really is life changing, not just for him but for the hundreds of people that Macmillan will be able to reach thanks to his support.”
To make a donation, visit www.6marathons6days.co.uk