Tony to put in the miles for school

Tony Holland with wife Helen and their son Jack.
Tony Holland with wife Helen and their son Jack.

A SUPPORTIVE dad is to run 55 miles for his son’s school.

Tony Holland, from Cramlington, will run along the Cleveland Way to raise much needed cash for The Dales, a special school in Blyth.

The sponsored run, from Guisborough to Helmsley, is inspired by his son Jack, who was born with Downs Syndrome five years ago.

The 38-year-old hopes the run on March 23 will help fund school trips for the children.

Dad-of-one Tony said: “As Jack is now attending the school, I noticed they have various fundraising activities so offered to run 55 miles for them, which would hopefully gain donations.

“As you can imagine, with Jack’s new school being for children with additional needs, any money raised can be put to great use.”

Tony has completed a number of ultra marathons including an 83-mile run through Northumberland, from Berwick to Tynemouth, last year.

The Dales School caters for 70 children of primary age.

They rely on fundraising for resources and activities not normally available from the budget provided by the local authority.

Headteacher Hugh Steele said: “We have benefactors and fundraisers, such as Tony, who make exceptional efforts to raise these, much need funds.

“Although self-employed and extremely busy, Tony spoke with me just after his son came to The Dales, offering his support in numerous ways, including a sponsored run.”

Tony will also run on a treadmill for 12 hours to raise money for friend Lee Mercer, who spent time in a coma after being injured playing football last October.

Life and Soul Fitness Centre in Cramlington is holding the event on Friday.