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CHICKS volunteer Ed Briars is taking his commitment to helping the charity even further this year, having signed up to complete this weekend’s Simplyhealth Great North Run in a full chicken costume!
A student at Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne, where the event is being held on Sunday 8 September, Ed has previously worked as a volunteer on a CHICKS respite break. He now hopes to raise as much as possible in sponsorship to help the charity offer respite and wellbeing breaks to more children and young people.
Asked about his relationship with CHICKS, Ed explained: “I’ve volunteered previously on a break as part of my Duke of Edinburgh residential. I really enjoyed the week and it was rewarding to see the impact the charity has on the children’s lives.
“Having experienced a break first-hand, I could see how it benefitted the children as they gained confidence trying new things, and how the money would be used. I wanted to continue my support for CHICKS and help in a different way.”
First staged in 1981, the Great North Run is today recognised by Guinness World Records as the biggest half marathon in the world, with over 50,000 people signing up to run the 13.1-mile course in recent years. Past winners include Mo Farah, who has secured victory for the last five years.
Ed has spent the last three years in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne, so he knows how popular the run is. He adds: “I thought it was time for me to get involved and challenge myself. I’m really looking forward to the day; I just hope I do justice for all those who have donated by running a good time!”
Adding to his challenge is Ed’s commitment to wearing a chicken costume for the full duration of the run, complete with CHICKS branding. Talking about his progress, he says: “Training is going well. I have practised running the distance and have done it in a decent time, though it might be a bit slower on the day with the full chicken costume on!”
With less than a week until the event, Ed has raised over £400 in sponsorship for CHICKS. Head to justgiving.com/fundraising/ed-briars to contribute to the campaign, and look out for the man in the chicken suit on BBC One from 9:30am this Sunday!