Paul 's 4x4x48 challenge for Making Space

March 2021

Paul Winstanley, from Warrington, took on the 4x4x48 challenge to raise money for Making Space.

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Paul completed the 4x4x48 challenge over one weekend in March to raise vital funding for Making Space. The gruelling task saw him run four miles every four hours for 48 hours, raising £450 in the process.

Paul first heard about the 4x4x48 challenge on social media via the creator David Goggins and he decided to get involved in the second annual event.

Delivery driver Paul decided to commit to the challenge to raise awareness of mental health struggles and the devastating impact they can have, he lost his own older brother Stephen in 2015 after he took his own life, aged just 45.

Paul has also suffered from mental health struggles, and he is hoping that the money he has raised can help others who are suffering.

Ahead of his challenge, Paul said: “I haven’t run a marathon before, but during the first lockdown I would run to work and back which is about 28 miles in total, I was doing it to lose weight and it just carried on from there.”

“I will be finishing the challenge by running/walking the final 3 hours as well to top up the miles to 60 miles in 48 hours.”

In the build-up to the 4x4x48 challenge, the 35-year-old trained once a day, by either running or cycling and even took on weights when he cold. This helped him to achieve his goal and to smash his initial fundraising target in the process.

“The challenge went really well, and I managed to get an additional six miles in, although, I did forget to seal the valve on my tyre so I ended up with a flat.

“I still have further donations to collect, but the total raised so far including the online donation page is £450.”

Bob Towers, Fundraising Manager for Making Space, said: “Fundraisers like Paul help us make a world of difference to the people we support nationwide.”

“We believe that everyone should be supported to live their lives in the best possible way and reach their full potential. Donations help us to provide personalised care and add value to our services – something a little extra.”

“Our fundraised income goes straight back out into the community to support those who need it.”

To donate to Paul’s fundraising challenge, click here.

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