A charity runner who lost out to the lockdown with his plan to mark 2020 by running 202.0 miles in races is on course to double his fundraising target after completing an even bigger effort.
Elliott Tate switched his focus to the 2.6 Challenge and has now completed a 26-mile run to raise money for the Daisy Appeal in memory of his grandfather, Bert Purdy, who died of cancer last year after a 16-year battle.
Elliott’s initial target of £750 was quickly overtaken after he announced plans for his alternative run and with more than £1,200 already pledged to his JustGiving page the 27-year-old is hoping to double his money.
He said: “I was really surprised by the response. I didn’t expect to raise that much money. I really appreciate it and my Grandma is really pleased that we have raised so much to help the place where my Grandad was treated.
“The run was a big effort and a lot tougher than I expected but I’ve been recovering slowly and I’m building myself up gradually so I’ll be ready for the races when they are able to start.”
Elliott, who comes from Bilton, studied at South Holderness Technology College before graduating in Physics and Astrophysics at the University of Sheffield. He now works as an auditor in London for Crowe LLP and completed the run in the parks and countryside near his home in Westcroft, Milton Keynes.
Bert was first diagnosed with cancer in 2003 and died last year at the age of 76. He was known around the Hull area for his job at Hull Rad – later Mysons – and his love of sport. He boxed as a kid at Hull Boys Club and played rugby league for Jervis Youth Club until his later teenage years when he met his future wife, Joy. He also played football for Mysons and Sutton Trust and was a keen golfer. Joy still lives in Bilton, close to Elliott’s parents Tina and Ian and the rest of his family.
Elliott did the run on the Bank Holiday Friday at the beginning of May, breaking the 26-mile route down to smaller sections to adhere to lockdown restrictions and completing it in a total of 4 hours 40 minutes.
He said: “I’ve been working from home so the running is a good escape and gets me out of the flat. I’m still going to do the challenge when the races start again. Hopefully it won’t be too long.
“I haven’t been able to see my family but we’re in contact by phone and they’ve told me about people we know supporting the appeal and donating to my page. If it hadn’t been for the Daisy Appeal we could have lost my Grandad much earlier. By doing this I might help to keep someone else’s grandad alive a bit longer.”
Claire Levy, Fundraiser at the Daisy Appeal, said: “We’re so grateful to Elliott and his family and friends for supporting our campaign and we hope his considerable efforts will inspire others to join in – whether it’s with a run or something less strenuous!
“We’ve got a target of £8.2-million to complete a radiochemistry and cyclotron unit at Castle Hill Hospital which will provide the opportunity for patients to receive more personalised care leading to earlier diagnosis and giving them better treatment and quality of life.
“Work has now resumed on the construction and the aim is to have the centre fully operational early next year, giving patients from a wider geographical area access to its services, improving accuracy and detection rates for cancer, heart disease and dementia in Hull, East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.”
To support Elliott’s run please visit https://bit.ly/ElliotTateJustGivingDaisy