Mum-of-two Kerry Christmas, 43, of Waverton, Chester set herself a target of running 440 miles before her 44th birthday which fell on May 15th to raise funds for Hope House.

Kerry has been a volunteer fundraiser for Hope House for more than a decade and decided on her latest challenge as she wanted to up her fitness levels after being diagnosed with a neurological condition that left her feeling drained and very flat.

She said: “I decided to challenge myself to run 440 miles before my 44th birthday – the number comes from simply adding a 0 to my 44 years! I was diagnosed with a condition called functional movement disorder in 2016. “The condition results in me having non-epileptic seizures and leaves me feeling pretty rough and very drained.”        

She added: “I’m by no means a great runner but I’m was clocking up around four or five miles a day and keeping a record and managed to make it to 440 miles by May 15th, which worked out as a marathon a week. 

 “I started in January after watching a TV show about the SAS and I thought that’s it, I need to do some exercise and get my fitness levels up. I thought there’s no time like the present and why not make it a fundraising challenge for Hope House.”

Kerry, who has 21 years’ service as a police officer and works as a Roads Education Officer, says she took up fundraising for Hope House more than a decade ago after picking up a leaflet about the charity.  

She said: “I suffered with quite severe post-natal depression after Gracie was born and struggled to even get out of bed. Whilst I was off work a leaflet came through my front door asking for volunteers to join a local fundraising group. It was the inspiration I needed to pick myself and I became a Hope House volunteer fundraiser in 2008.

“I worked with the Christleton friends group and helped organise Christmas fairs, pamper nights, fashion shows and tea parties and I even completed a Santa dash. However, competing in an ‘It’s a Knockout’ event at Chester Racecourse was a real highlight.”

She added: “My two children have been a massive help and really support me. In fact Gracie and Jack have done plenty of fundraising events themselves for Hope House including the recent ‘Eat Cake’ initiative -  You could say it runs in the family!

Kerry not only reached her 440miles target, but smashed her fundraising one too raising an amazing £2,759.44! Huge thanks to Kerry, and to all those who supported her with this challenge!