Nick tackles static endurance challenge to raise money for Hospice

A local man with his friends and family are taking on a day-long physical challenge to raise funds for his local Hospice. Nick Vaughan, aged 56 and from Windmill Hill in Runcorn, along with his friends, will be on static bikes, rowing machines, skipping ropes and a treadmill for six hours on Sunday

17th December in Tesco in Widnes. During this time, one of the group – Bob Lewy, a former soldier who recently completed a 54 mile running challenge in memory of a former colleague who died aged 54 – will be completing a full 26.2 mile marathon on the treadmill. They aim to raise £4,000 for Halton Haven Hospice from the challenge which will take place between 11am and 5pm.


Nick and his friends raised £4,400 from doing a similar challenge in Tesco in October, which led to Nick being shortlisted for volunteer of the year at Trinity Mirror‘s Your Champion awards last month.


Nick’s wife Roslyn was cared for at Halton Haven before she passed away in September 2014. Nick has now raised over £20,000 for the Hospice, from two skipathons, two bikeathons and personal donations.


In addition to all his fundraising efforts, after Roslyn passed away, Nick trained to become a bereavement listener within the Family Support department at Halton Haven, on hand to listen to people who have lost loved ones at the Hospice. Of his listening volunteering, Nick said “I became a bereavement listener for men at the Family Support unit after Roslyn passed away. I felt I had something to offer dealing with bereavement as I have sadly been widowed twice now. It is something that I am passionate about; if I can possibly help someone then I’ll try my best to help and support”


As well as the cycling, rowing and skipping at Tesco on the 17th, there is scheduled to be an appearance from The Voice contestant Charlotte Olivia Shepherd, an army bugler, carol singers, acoustic bands and singers to keep shoppers (and Nick!) entertained.


Nick said, “The Hospice is close to my heart as sadly my wife passed away there. She asked me to raise funds and I’m a man of my word! This is the fifth time we’ve done a fundraising challenge like this and we would love the help of the Halton public to ensure we raise plenty of money for the Hospice! I would like to thank Tesco for their support in this and previous fundraising efforts.”


Chris Andrews, Community Fundraising Manager at Halton Haven Hospice, said “We’re blown away by what Nick has done for the Hospice. He raised over £4,000 two months ago and now he’s back at it! Without Nick and others like him, the Hospice wouldn’t exist, so we are incredibly grateful for his hard work and support.


“I urge anyone who is going to be near Tesco on 17th December to pop in between 11am and 5pm to give Nick a bit of encouragement and show your support. It will mean a great deal to Nick and to the Hospice.”


To sponsor Nick, please visit www.justgiving.com/n-vaughan.