An OSWESTRY man has run 5km every day for a month to help raise funds for Hope House Children’s Hospices and is now pushing himself even further.

Connor Williams wanted to physically push himself to complete the 31 5Ks, meaning he has run a massive 155 kilometres – the equivalent of three-and-a-half marathons – to raise more than £1,000 for the charity.

He said he was pushed to do the challenge because of the work he has seen at the facility.

Connor, 21, works at Tudor Griffiths Builder’s Merchants says that while the challenge was tough, he was often spurred on by friends, family and work colleagues.

“I’m amazed by the work Hope House does for the children, young adults and their families in my community. I’m proud that our area has somewhere like Hope House,” he said.

“The challenge was just as hard as expected and there were days around the three-week period when I was running at 5am in the rain or in the pitch black at night because I work a six-day week.

“But having the support and donations from all those around me got me through it.”

Connor has now joined a team of runners who will all be running 10km a day throughout January to raise funds and you can sponsor him at gofundme.com/f/connors-fund-for-hope-house-trading-limited

Hope House fundraiser Lynsey Kilvert was full of praise for Connor's efforts, and admitted that it was much needed given a third lockdown has had a huge impact on the Morda-based Hospice's fundraising capabilities.

She said: “What a great effort by Connor to complete his 5km challenge and then double it to raise much needed funds for us.

“Every week, three local families face their biggest fear and their child dies.

"Hope House Children’s Hospice cannot stop children dying but we can stop families suffering on their own.

“We need to raise in excess of £6m a year to support all the children and families we help from across Shropshire.

"That’s why it’s so amazing that we are supported regularly by people like Connor, especially this year.”

Hope House Children's Hospices provide specialist nursing care and support to more than 750 children and young people aged up to 25 years old, and their families.