Trowbridge paramedic ends year-long charity challenge in memory of colleague

This Is Wiltshire: Phil Halls runs with little Elsie Rhymer-Nott and supporters Phil Halls runs with little Elsie Rhymer-Nott and supporters

Paramedic Phil Halls completed his “emotional” year-long challenge of running five kilometres every day in memory of his Trowbridge Ambulance Station colleague.

Mr Halls, 37, of St Nicholas Close in North Bradley, crossed the finish line at Dorothy House hospice in Winsley on Sunday after running a total of 1,825km since January 2013.

He has raised £2,517 in memory of Jake Nott, an ambulance technician who died in September 2012 of a brain tumour, aged 35.

The money raised will go to Dorothy House, who cared for Mr Nott in his final weeks.

Mr Halls said: “My target was £1,000 but I hit that in July. This is 250 per cent so I am over the moon.

“I know that Jake would have been immensely proud. I feel like he has been there. He often popped into my head as I was running.”

Mr Nott’s four-year-old daughter Elsie Rhymer-Nott joined Mr Halls up the last hill, Winsley Hill, on Sunday.

Mr Halls added: “About 25 people ran the last leg with me and the same number of people were waiting at the finish line. It was a really emotional day.”

The paramedic picked up a number of minor injuries along his journey but he continued running every day, either on the treadmill, outside, or alongside friends he visited around the country.

“The hardest part was starting the first few weeks. That was when I picked up injuries and was tired but doing the run with other people made it feel like it was a fun thing.”

Donations can still be made online at www.justgiving. com/5keveryday

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