Postman smashes fundraising target after punishing 12-hour challenge

An intrepid Kidderminster postman smashed his fundraising target for KEMP Hospice after completing a punishing endurance challenge.

Shaun Marshall ran up and down Sion Hill 147 times, clocking 44.25 miles during his 12-hour mission on Saturday, July 11th.

The 46-year-old ex-serviceman had planned to raise £1,800 for KEMP but is now set to double that target as money continues to pour in.

And Shaun said the sight of people donating cash on the day spurned him on to finish what proved to a mental and physical test.

“It was a brutal challenge to be honest,” Shaun said.

“I don’t normally think about giving up, but I was struggling when I got to about halfway.

“Running up was hard but so was coming down.

“The first three hours flew by as I am used to that in training. But as I had been running with a bad heel my leg started hurting.

“Most of it was probably in my mind at that point. You cannot be positive all the time, but you get there in the end.

“When I saw all the cars down by the Hare and Hounds and people were handing money out it spurned me on.

“The support I received that day was fantastic. It was overwhelming.”

Shaun has raised more than £3,000 for KEMP and expects his final total to be close to £4,000 thanks to the backing of local businesses.

Hartlebury-based Bepco agreed to match funding donations up to £200 while Hewett Recruitment also got behind Shaun’s efforts in aid of its 40@40 Challenge which bids to raise £40,000 for local charities.

The firm that is celebrating its 40th anniversary has been match funding donations up to £100 for KEMP while Stourport-based Rotary Creative Group produced flyers and t-shirts to promote Shaun’s challenge.

“I always set targets that are achievable, but I thought £1,800 might be tough to reach due to what is going on in the world,” Shaun added.

“But people are clearly thinking about KEMP and the care that they provide.”

Charlie Homer, Head of Fundraising and Communications at KEMP, said: “We cannot thank Shaun enough for all the money he has raised to support our free specialist care.

“This was another gruelling challenge yet Shaun continues to amaze us with his powers of endurance.

“With the help of Bepco, Hewett Recruitment and Rotary Creative Group there has been a great community effort behind Shaun, so it was wonderful to see his fundraising total smashed.”

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