A PERSONAL trainer from Leigh is undertaking a huge challenge as he runs back-to-back marathons to raise £2,000 for a special needs school in Benfleet.
Liam Willis will run the challenge in the searing heat of the Jordanian desert, after begin inspired by the positive impact Glenwood School has had on his 12-year-old niece, Lylie-Lou.
Mr Willis explains: “This Christmas I was hugely inspired by witnessing a very kind and thoughtful act by my niece, who was diagnosed with autism back in 2015.
“When I witnessed this act of genuine thoughtfulness and kindness, along with how well she now communicates and learns, it made me realise just how much potential she has for the future and how this is down to the wonderful work her school has done with her.”
Mr Willis has previously run the London Marathon, amongst other charity challenges, but admitted he is trepidatious about the heat he will face.
He said: “I am training wrapped in thermals.
“I am confident, I am trying not to obsess over time as in the heart I do not want to push myself too hard”.
The Glenwood School is a community special school, which caters for young learners with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties aged between 3-19 years old.
Mr Willis added: “Donations will help Glenwood school continue with the opportunities they give to all the young learners, their families and beyond.
“If this is something you would like to donate to then I would be incredibly grateful, and you will be contributing to such an amazing school that are helping children like my niece grow into their potential.”
Picture: Lylie-Lou and Liam. Pic Just Giving
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