A Formby resident has set himself the task of walking and riding the equivalent of seven marathons to help raise £300,000 to rebuild a maternity hospital in Rwanda to help save the lives of mothers and babies.

Peter Morgan is supporting local charity the Shyira Trust, in its efforts to raise  the money to provide safe motherhood in Shyira, in the north west of Rwanda.

He is about to embark on the second leg of his fundraising challenge which involves running, walking and riding the equivalent of seven marathons over summer.

He has already completed the running leg: the BTR Liverpool Tour of Merseyside in July, comprising six races in seven days, including the Southport half marathon. This took place in various locations around Merseyside including Thurstaston, Walton, Hale, Huyton, and Wallasey. The total distance which Peter completed in 7hrs 13 mins was over 52 miles – the distance of two marathons.

The next leg involves walking along the Liverpool Loop and Cheshire Lines footpaths from Hunts Cross to Formby – 26 miles, the distance of a full marathon.

The third and final stage, in September, will involve cycling from Formby to Southport and on into the Lancashire countryside as far as the Forest of Bowland, returning via Preston – about 105 miles – the distance of four marathons.

Peter has been involved with Shyira Trust since it was formed in 2006, and regularly raises funds to support midwifery training and the work of the maternity hospital. The appeal to raise £300,000 to rebuild the maternity hospital is the biggest embarked upon by Shyira Trust, so it seems appropriate that Peter’s challenge incudes his biggest walk for many years, and his biggest ever bike ride. He hopes to raise over £1000, and would welcome any donations, big or small, at is.gd/runwalkride or to see more details and latest news, visit his website at www.running4rwanda.com


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