Oliver Thompson, a personal impact coach from Watford, will be running the length of seven marathons in as many days.
With a personal aim of £20,000, Oliver will be raising money for two charities, the Berkhamsted St Francis Hospice in memory of his late sister, and will also be supporting a friend who has set up the ‘Ready Seb Go’ charity which supports premature babies.
The challenge is called ‘The Watford Chamber of Conscience Punisher Challenge’, that will be starting on April 18 at 3:45pm.
Mr Thompson currently runs three business around the Hertfordshire area, which is all about leadership, sales and human potential.
He is passionate about achieving amazing things, and brands himself as a bit of a ‘gym freak’.
When his late sister passed away with cancer at the young age of 32 in 1992, his life changed forever and always wants to help people out who are suffering with similar experiences.
Oliver said: “It was a life changing situation for my sister, after being cleared once it eventually returned and she passed away leaving a devastated family including her three-year-old daughter Maisie.
“It now makes me remember that I have the choice now to go out and be fit and healthy, whilst others do not. The St Francis hospice is a beautiful place and it is a travesty when places like them close.
“I always want to do things that will drive a passion and being fit and healthy is a privilege for me.”
Oliver has had a lot of support from local businesses, and Watford Football Club are heavily involved with the run and he will even be starting on April 18 at Vicarage Road during the half-time break against Norwich City.
He is hoping to start the run with Olympic heptathlon gold medallist, Denise Lewis, and is also being supported by big names such as Watford defender Adrian Mariappa.
The second reason Oliver is running for is for his close friend, Rodger Hughes, who has his own charity after his son, Seb, was born prematurely and has been in and out of hospital ever since.
His charity, ‘Ready Seb Go’ supports babies who have been born prematurely like Seb, and struggle with similar survival difficulties.
Rodger has since been diagnosed with having multiple brain tumours, and Oliver has decided to share half of the total amount raised with both charities.
Rodger is a highly regarded UK Athletics Coach who has worked with many of the top athletes in the country and beyond, and even ran with the Olympic torch in London 2012, but is currently unable to work due to his condition.
Oliver has put a call out for as many people to get involved as possible to make this as big as it can be, with possibly making this challenge an annual thing.
To get involved, you can ‘like’ Oliver’s Facebook group that was set up for the challenge at facebook.com/Punisher-7×7-185-Miles-in-7-Days-for-The-Hospice-of-St-Francis-105978847640867/
Regular video blogs are posted to the group for everyone to keep up to date with his busy schedule.
Oliver has set up a donation page that includes more information on the two charities he’s running for and includes his personal story with the two causes.
To donate to the good cause, follow this link uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=oliverthompson11&pageUrl=1