It’s not every day you see Deadpool walking along the road, but the masked Marvel superhero will be raising awareness and money to support seriously ill local children.

Paul Edwards, from Wrexham, will be donning a full Deadpool costume as he walks from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

From June 14, Paul, 56, will be walking about 25 to 35 miles a day dressed the superhero played by Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds, who recently became the owner of Wrexham AFC with fellow actor Rob McElhenney.

Inspired by celebrity owners

"Ryan Reynolds took over Wrexham AFC around the time I wanted to start training for this challenge, which gave me the idea to dress up as Deadpool, which has certainly grabbed the attention,” said Paul.

“Children’s hospices have had a challenging time since the start of the pandemic, and many families in my local area benefit from visiting Hope House and Tŷ Gobaith Children’s Hospices.

“The work that goes on in these children’s hospices is absolutely incredible, and knowing I am supporting the work they do with every single step really drives me on.”

Last year, Paul set off to conquer the Three Peaks Challenge - but with one huge difference. He completed the challenge in just 22 days and walked the full distance in between, raising nearly £10,000 to support our hospices.

Paul, whose hobby is running marathons and ultra-marathons, is taking annual leave from his job as a machinist to complete the challenge.

“I don’t have children myself and I can’t begin to imagine what it must be like for parents when their children are seriously ill,” said Paul.

"To have a seriously ill child or child that's dying it must be the worst pain ever. But the charity's services and counselling is unlimited. They will provide as much care and support for the family as needed."

Paul is taking on the whole route solo and without any support crew, team or vehicular assistance.

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