Publish date: 13 May 2024

A chef at Tameside Hospital is swapping meals for miles by taking on a 24-hour running challenge.

Assistant head chef, Chris Walkden, is taking on a test of endurance by running a mile, every hour on the hour, in aid of the Hospital’s Children’s Unit.

Each loop will start and finish at CrossFit Fuel in Delph, where Chris regularly trains.

And if his 24-hour effort wasn’t enough, he will take to the streets of Manchester on Sunday 26 May to tackle the famous Great Manchester Run.

As a father with young children, Chris was inspired to help after his family were cared for by the department.

The money will go towards toys and activities for children while they are spending time in hospital.

Chris said: “The department have always gone above and beyond with the care they provided, and my family have had similar experiences too.

“The work they do to support the local community is fantastic and I just want to celebrate that.”

Emily Burgin, charity manager at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It’s lovely that Chris is putting himself to the test and taking on this fundraising for the Children’s Unit. The unit will really appreciate his efforts and will ensure the funds are used to best benefit our youngest patients.

“Good luck Chris!”

You can donate to Chris’s effort via his Just Giving page.