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Donaghadee man who raised over £20,000 by running the distance from Belfast to Berlin over the month of May continues to count funds which will be shared among two well-loved NI charities

NI man Joshua Eastwood returned to his home town of Donaghadee yesterday after completing a marathon every day in May to raise funds for the Northern Ireland Children to Lapland and Days to Remember Trust and Cancer Research. Joshua’s Go Fund Me page is currently at an amazing £21,251 and continues to increase every day.

And now, the grandson of famous bookmaker Barney Eastwood, is appealing to supporters to continue giving to help the two charities.

The 25-year-old circled two routes over the month, covering 1,308 kilometres, over 800 miles, which is around the distance from Belfast to Berlin.

His endeavour was supported by local personalities including former two weight, world boxing champion Carl Frampton, MBE, who completed part of the run with Joshua and former Ulster and Ireland Rugby stars Tommy Bowe and Chris Henry, who ran 10k with Joshua on two occasions. Marissa Callaghan, captain of the Northern Ireland women’s national football team, also recently ran with Joshua.

Other high-profile supporters include Lady Mary Peters, Eddie Izzard, Willie John McBride and Nathan Carter.

Colin Barkley, Chair of the Northern Ireland Children to Lapland and Days To Remember Trust, which creates magical moments for children living with life threatening and life limiting conditions, said:

“Joshua is a very modest young man, who is a keen golfer and self-confessed ‘non-runner’.  To undertake a challenge of this nature would be a daunting experience even for an experienced runner, but Joshua wanted to do something to make a difference and he committed to seeing it through.

“He had originally set himself a modest target of raising £1308, £1 per kilometre, but has significantly exceeded that. He is now hoping to raise more than £20,000 which will be evenly split between NI Children to Lapland and Days to Remember Trust and Cancer Research.

“Joshua has been touched by the generosity of supporters and well-wishers, who share his passion for his nominated charities and recognise the pressure that the pandemic has placed on these organisations. We are honoured that he chose us to benefit from his extraordinary feat.”

Joshua says he was motivated by the challenges the children who benefit from NICLT’s support live with. He said:

“It’s been a tough year for many people for many different reasons and I hope that this may inspire others. If I can do something so far out of my comfort zone, then maybe so can they.

“When the elements were against me and my body was hurting from the injuries during this challenge, it was the thought of the children that kept me going. Nothing compares to what they may be going through.”

If you would like to donate please go to Joshua’s Go Fund Me page: https://gofund.me/cff750ac

Joshua Eastwood – Donaghadee – 1st June 2021

https://gofund.me/cff750ac

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