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Neil set to reach 100miles in his running shoes . . . and his nappy, bonnet and dummy!

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Neil set to reach 100miles in his running shoes . . . and his nappy, bonnet and dummy!

Pounding the streets of the UK dressed as a baby is not how many people would choose to keep fit but Neil Hendy is a man on a mission.
The Purchasing Category Manager from our Featherstone Head Office site runs to raise money for charity and his choice of attire – oversized nappy, dummy, bonnet and not much else – has helped him raise £3,000 so far.
Neil fundraises for two charities; Golden Wishes, which purchases medical equipment, computers and toys for children and adults who have disabilities or serious illnesses, and the Help Amber Walk appeal. Amber is five-year-old and was diagnosed with Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy when she was 18 months old. It means that the part of her brain which helps her legs to stand, walk and run has been damaged and as a result she suffers stiffness and pains in her legs and cannot walk. Little Amber, nicknamed Speedy, uses a walking frame and wheelchair to get around. Her parents, Sue and Mark, who Neil is friends with, have launched an appeal to raise £60,000 so that Amber can have an operation to help her walk and relieve the pain in her legs.
In three years Neil has taken part in five half-marathons and four races which cover eight-and-a-half miles each. Before the end of this year, he will complete a further two half-marathons and a 10km race, clocking up more than 130 miles since he began his charity running.  The 10km race takes place in September and Neil is looking for runners to keep him company and boost the fundraising effort – fancy dress is optional but it adds to the fun of the day!
So why did he choose the baby outfit? In his own words Neil says: “Having completed charity runs in the past dressed in various outfits including as a caveman and Father Christmas and donning many Hawaiian shirts, I felt that I needed to choose a new outfit that was different and had not been done before.
“As the charities I run for raise money for babies and children I thought it makes sense that I should dress as a baby too! It is very funny seeing the faces of people lining the streets cheering the runners on as I jog by in my nappy. Seeing a full-grown man in a nappy is the last thing they expect to see coming around the corner. I always get plenty of cheers, smiles and applause so it makes all that running worthwhile and it keeps me going when it starts to get tough.”
If you wish to sponsor Neil for one of his upcoming runs you can do so at www.justgiving/bigbaby1 or for more information contact him via email nhendy@sky.com.

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