North Bradley paramedic nears end of daily 5km run challenge

This Is Wiltshire: Phil Halls has run five kilometres every day in honour of friend Jacob Nott Phil Halls has run five kilometres every day in honour of friend Jacob Nott

Paramedic Phil Halls is approaching the finish line of his year-long challenge to raise money in memory of a fellow colleague.

Mr Halls, 37, of St Nicholas Close, North Bradley, has run five kilometres every day since January 1 this year to raise money for Dorothy House Hospice in Winsley.

The hospice cared for his friend Jacob Nott, an ambulance technician, who died in September last year of a brain tumour, aged 35.

Mr Halls will start out from Trowbridge on Sunday and will cross the finish line at Dorothy House, having run a total of 1,825km.

He said: “In 2011 I had a cancer scare but luckily I was given the all clear but at the same time Jake was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

“He had a two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Elsie (Rhymer-Nott), and she was able to spend the last few weeks with him at Dorothy House.

“I know if he could, Jake would want to say thank you for that, so I thought let’s raise some money for the hospice and do something in his memory.

“I have always dabbled in fitness but I have never been a runner. I wanted to do something that stands out and compels people to raise money.”

Mr Halls has not missed a day, running on a treadmill when the weather has been against him, and his challenge has taken him around the country, including London and Brighton.

He said: “I have seen a lot of friends around the country. If I am going to do a challenge I want to say thank you to the people who have supported me through it.

“Jake was just such a nice chap and he was loved by everyone.

“Not a bad word was ever said about him. He’s very much missed by everyone.

“One of the real highlights was when I was told Elsie wanted to run with me on Sunday. Her mum set up a just giving page and she has already raised £425.

“It has been a long haul and Sunday will have one of the hardest hills in Wiltshire (Winsley Hill) so I will try my hardest to run it all.”

Mr Halls has raised £1,427 so far. Donations toward his fundraising efforts can be given at www.justgiving. com/5keveryday

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11:52am Wed 25 Dec 13

Mallym says...

An inspiration to us all :-)
An inspiration to us all :-) Mallym

4:29pm Wed 25 Dec 13

beetawix says...

many are inspired but few get up.
many are inspired but few get up. beetawix

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