William Power’s London Marathon training runs have proved a bit of an eye-opener for unsuspecting Dawlish residents as he cheekily breezes by in his bright green Borat-style mankini.
Raising money for childhood bereavement charity Winston’s Wish, the 38 year old Devon roofer adopted this novel and somewhat memorable method of training when he felt his fundraising needed a bit of a boost – and thanks to a series of hilarious youtube videos he has shared via twitter, donations have increased dramatically.
“I’d already done a couple of videos of me running to raise awareness of how difficult it is to train for a marathon, but decided with my friends that I should do something funny or ridiculous to step things up a bit. We settled on the mankini and the donations took off from there. Even Davina McCall donated!”.
Father of two William decided to raise money for Winston’s Wish after his good friend Sophie McDonald was brutally murdered by her estranged husband in January last year. William decided to raise money for the charity to help other bereaved children who have been devastated by the loss of a close family member.
Winston’s Wish helps children and young people rebuild their lives after the death of their mum, dad, brother or sister, enabling them to face the future with confidence and hope. Each year the charity reaches over 40,000 bereaved children and young people through an array of dedicated services.
Taking up the challenge to run his debut marathon in April, William is delighted to join Team Winston and to have already surpassed his original fundraising target of £2,000 – thanks in part to his choice of novelty running attire:
“My training is going really well but I haven’t decided whether I will run the marathon in the mankini yet. I might consider it – depending on how high the donations go!”
Fundraiser Lucy French commented:
“I really admire William’s enthusiasm and motivation. He’s certainly managed to capture people’s attention! All the money raised by William and our other London Marathon runners will enable us to reach and support more bereaved children in the UK. I look forward to shouting encouragement to them all on the 24th of April.”
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