Leeds man goes the extra mile for father-in-law

Craig McKenna, 38, from Morley with sons Daniel and Leo.

Craig McKenna, 38, from Morley with sons Daniel and Leo.

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LEEDS dad Craig McKenna will pound the pavements for the last in a series of fundraising challenges at the Yorkshire Marathon this weekend.

The 38-year-old from Morley will tackle the 26-mile challenge for the Stroke Association on Sunday, October 12.

The run is the last of four fundraisers that the father-of-two was inspired to take on after father-in-law Geoff Holmes suffered a stroke in 2008.

Geoff was left with limited movement in his right side and his speech was also affected. His wife Sandra is now his carer and the pair attend Morley Stroke Club.

Craig, who has completed a 10k run, a half marathon and the three peaks challenge, said: “My father-in-law’s stroke turned my family’s life upside down.

“The support we’ve received from the Stroke Association has been fantastic, and it’s inspired me to raise as much money as possible to help them continue the amazing work they do to support stroke survivors and families like mine.

“When Geoff had a stroke it made me re-assess my own health, and gave me a real incentive to get fit. I’ve lost almost a stone in weight, drink less and eat more healthily. I want to be a good role model for my kids Daniel and Leo, and make sure I’m around as they get older.”

To sponsor Craig, who has raised £600, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CraigMcKenna1.

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