Three men from Watford took on the huge challenge of running 153km during July and have raised more than £3,500 for Peace Hospice Care Watford and Mind Mental Health charity.
Brothers Kieran and Ryan Theivam sadly lost their father, Raj Theivam (pictured) to COVID-19 in April 2020 and wanted to do something to remember him and all the others lost during the pandemic.
Kieran, Ryan and friend Jason each covered 153km distance during July, representing a meter for each of the 153,000 deaths from COVID in the UK at the time of writing.
Kieran told WATFORDNews: “I had it in my mind that I wanted to do something in my dad’s memory and to remember all those who have been lost. It feels amazing to have raised so much, it’s very overwhelming. My dad was a very well-loved individual in the Watford community.”
Raj Theivam moved from Sri Lanka to Watford in 1981 where he raised his family and spent many years as a volunteer at Peace Hospice.
Donations will be split between the Peace Hospice Care and Mind, the national mental health charity, which has helped people who have been hit by the pandemic in different ways.
The charity challenge has not been without bumps in the road, Kieran had to self-isolate for part of July meaning he had to push himself even harder to make up the kilometres later in the month.
Watford FC fans Kieran, Ryan and Jason are set to finish their lengthy challenge on Friday, July 30 at Vicarage Road Stadium.
To donate to the fundraiser visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RunForTheLost