A SUPERMARKET shift worker has raised more than £1,100 after smashing his epic Walk Fatboy Walk challenge for our charity of the year.
Lee Crook, of Wallingford, is nursing blisters and aching legs after walking more than 480 miles over the course of July to raise money for Didcot-based Play2Give (P2G).
Lee, a nightshift team leader at the local Sainsbury’s, took a total of 1,060,960 steps, or 33,000 steps a day, to complete the challenge.
As a result, he smashed his initial £500 fundraising goal in support of the charity’s appeal to raise £10,000 for the Oxford Children’s hospital as part of their milestone tenth anniversary.
Speaking about the challenge, Lee said: “Taking on this summer fundraiser was no breeze, it wasn’t certainly any old easy ‘walk in the park’.
“However I am absolutely overwhelmed, amazed and overjoyed [with] how much people really got behind me – it has been a real privilege to be part of the 10th anniversary year and help Andrew and the team hopefully smash £10,000 or more.”
Speaking about P2G’s founder Andy Baker, Lee said: “[He] is an inspiration to many people, including myself. He puts so much time and effort into raising money for some great causes, which are so close to his heart.
“It is for Andy’s sheer passion, enthusiasm and ‘inspiring relentless self’ that inspires me to keep on supporting and doing my bit for P2G whenever I can.”
Previously, staff at the supermarket in Didcot had chosen P2G to be their charity of the year, and the team helped raise a record amount of more than £4,300.
Over the years, Lee has also taken on ‘Movember’, has walked 29 miles from Didcot to the John Radcliffe Hospital dressed as Santa and walked 1000km over 10 weeks – and has so far helped contribute well over £2,200 into P2G.
Speaking of Lee’s achievements, Andy added: “Lee is just one of our many individuals who support us so wonderfully. Lee has really thrown himself into fundraising to help us achieve our goals over a few years.
“It’s clear that his latest escapade was the hardest he has ever taken on, but I knew he would do it, and I had every confidence he would also top his target – but to have raised more than £1,000 was just unexpected. That shows how much people who sponsored him really took P2G to their hearts.
“I think Lee is a champion, and his unwavering and loyal support is inspiring to see.”
To donate, visit make-a-donation.org/fundraisers/lee-crook-3.
For more information, visit play2give.org.uk.