About the Race

Young’s Seafood has this week announced their sponsorship of Tony Hooper, an I.T Operations Analyst, to run an incredible 10 marathons in 10 days, generously donating £250 to his chosen charity, Brathay Trust. The father of two from Grimsby has pledged to raise £3,000 for Brathay’s by attempting the race for the second time! The 10in10 challenge, which almost defeated him two years ago, will begin on Friday 8th May, ending on Sunday 17th May. Tony will be running a total of 262 miles with 14 others, finishing with the Brathay Windermere Marathon, which is a complete circuit of Windermere, England’s largest lake.

Tony has been training for the 10in10 challenge for 7 months, running 4-5 times a week, covering in excess of 70 miles per week, and fitting this around work and family commitments. He has taken part in endurance running events, including running 3 marathons in 3 days in February as part of his training.

Quote from Pete Ward, Chief Executive of Young’s Seafood

“We’re so proud of Tony Hooper, his hard work and commitment are an inspiration to us at Young’s Seafood Limited and we wish him all the best in the upcoming marathons. As part of our Fish for Life Corporate Responsibility programme, we’re committed to playing a positive role in the communities where we are based and we’re delighted to support Brathay Trust and all of the wonderful work they do for young people across the country.”

About the Charity

The Cumbrian-based Brathay Trust is a charity dedicated to improving the life chances of children and young people by inspiring them to engage positively within their local communities. Set up in 1946, the Trust delivers integrated community and residential programmes that help vulnerable young people to re-engage with their education, have a voice in their community, become peer mentors and young leaders, and avoid or move away from criminal activity. Brathay’s supports young people across the country through its regional offices helping to deliver incredible results, with 92% of those who participate in Brathay programmes reporting a positive life change.

Reason for the donation

“Having spent time with the charity I’ve seen first-hand how the money raised funds vital community & residential programmes, it literally changes the outlook and lives of some of the most disadvantaged young adults from around the country. This is my 2nd attempt at this incredible challenge and I know it won’t be any easier the second time around but I like a challenge and if my blood, sweat and tears can help raise the profile and crucial funds for this amazing charity then that will be reward enough for me. I want to help Brathay continue with their community and residential programmes around the country which help children and young adults to re-engage with education, become peer mentors and young leaders within their community, whilst steering them away from criminal activity by making positive choices.”

Tony Hooper I.T Operations Analyst, Young’s Seafood