CHILDREN’S author Terry Deary is to take on an epic challenge to help raise funds for disabled youngsters.
The Wearside creator of the popular Horrible Histories series is to run the length of Hadrian’s Wall in just six days, before setting off on the Great North Run just 24 hours later.
The Terry’s Hadrian’s Wall Run, which will start on September 12, will help Durham-based charity Integrating Children.
The 65-year-old, from Sunderland, is also urging members of the public to join him on the 100-mile sponsored slog.
“Integrating Children is a very worthwhile cause in my local area, supporting disabled children and their families,” he said.
“Hadrian’s Wall is one of the most impressive and interesting historical landmarks in the UK, so it seemed fitting to attempt to run its length.
“It will certainly be a challenge.
“The more people that join me, the easier it will become. We have a limited of number of spaces per leg of the journey, but I’d like all the support I can get.”
Veteran runner Terry, who has completed 14 Great North Runs, is best known for the series of popular children’s history books, Horrible Histories, which have recently been adapted for television, appearing first on CBBC and now BBC1, with narrator Stephen Fry.
He said he hopes the feat will help boost the charity, which provides children and young people with disabilities free support to access social, leisure and cultural activities.
“There is a problem of declining access of social activities for disabled children that Integrating Children highlighted to me, and that they tackle on a daily basis,” he said.
“The fact that 75 per cent of disabled children were excluded from social activities five years ago and that it has now risen to around 80 per cent is what I am battling to help reverse.
“We all have a responsibility to help the more vulnerable in society.”
Richard Taylor, chairman of Integrating Children, said: “We are delighted that Terry is taking on such an impressive challenge to raise funds for Integrating Children.
“The charity is an important service for families and disabled children in the Durham area – fund-raising initiatives like Terry’s Hadrian’s Wall Run make it possible to continue providing that service.”
To get involved in the run, visit www.terrysrun.co.uk