Lee aims for perfect 10 in aid of children’s hospice

It will be a case of six down and four to go when Lee Hebden crosses the finish line of Sunday’s Asda Foundation Leeds 10K.

Lee, 41, a management accountant by day for an airline company and a volunteer by night and at weekends with Bradford Olympian Trampoline Club, has set himself a target of completing 10 challenges this year to raise money for Martin House Children’s Hospice.

He is running in memory of a friend’s baby son, who was born with Hypoblastic Left Heart Syndrome and was cared for by the hospice in the final days before he died, aged ten weeks.

Lee, who lives in Leeds and is married with two daughters, has so far completed dry January, a one hour non-stop trampoline jump, a bike ride from Leeds to Liverpool, a Lake District walk covering 16 miles and 8 summits in just over ten hours and – having learned to swim only a few years ago – the Great North Swim.

Along with the Leeds 10K, the remaining challenges are Martin House Colour Run, Yorkshire Three Peaks walk, Yorkshire 10 Mile run and Lee’s “DIY challenge,” the details of which he is still working on.

Lee said: “The idea is to do something for Martin House or one of their families – paint a room, tidy a garden etc but I’m still trying to work out of this is viable. If not, we will arrange something else such as another running challenge.”

Lee’s younger daughter has avascular necrosis, which affects bone tissue, as a result of suffering from septic arthritis when she was 11 months old.

Lee said: “When my youngest daughter was in hospital we met some really ill children who were being cared for at Martin House. That’s when we first became aware of the hospice and do what we can to raise money for it.”

The Leeds 10K forms part of the legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson who, despite battling terminal cancer, took on a series of gruelling challenges to raise £1.85m for charity.

Lee said: “I chose the Leeds 10K primarily because it’s local and I have never done a 10K race before but also because of Jane Tomlinson, a true inspiration who was sadly taken by a disease I know far too well – cancer killed my mum, my father-in-law, my wife’s cousin and has impacted several close family friends.”

Lee’s fundraising can be supported at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/leehebden

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