Date of release: 7 May 2020
Two marathon runners have raised £10,000 for The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust - dressed as Peppa Pig and Pink Panther.
Stuart Bailey and Earl Edwards, both 47 and from Codsall, ran 100 miles before finishing at New Cross Hospital in time for ClapforCarers at 8pm, where they were applauded by staff. Stuart, who dressed as Peppa Pig, and Earl, aka Pink Panther, took requests to run through the streets of their neighbourhood and across Wolverhampton every Monday and Thursday for four weeks to raise money, respecting the government’s guidelines.
They initially thought they would run 25 to 50 miles and set a target of £200, but that soon grew into the thousands as donations flooded in and the pair were invited to pound the streets of Bilbrook, Codsall, Pendeford, Claregate, Bushbury, Oxley, Fordhouses and the city centre. The dedicated duo, who are both entered for this year’s London Marathon in October, have raised over £70,000 for different charities over the last decade dressed in costumes. In 2014 the duo were even part of a world record, for four men carrying a bobsleigh over the 26.2 mile distance.
Stuart, who is store manager at Cargill in Bilbrook and Earl is a care worker at the Willows Care Home in Codsall. Stuart said: “With what’s going on with the pandemic, we just thought we wanted to do anything to help. This just goes to show what the community can do when everyone feels the same way. Whether it’s throwing 50p in a bucket in the shop or donating online, it’s all going to the NHS. It’s 100 miles, to raise thousands of pounds to raise millions of smiles.”
After reaching 93 miles, their final run was the five miles to New Cross before completing two laps of the grounds to reach the magical 100. Stuart admits he felt quite emotional as he crossed the finish line. “Initially I’d never seen New Cross so quiet,” he said. “But then when I saw the staff clapping outside Emergency Department, it was such a rollercoaster of emotion. I shed a tear - it’s a good job I had my Peppa Pig head on!”
Online donations stand at around £6,700, which includes £1,000 from Budgens in Bilbrook, while two fundraising buckets still have to be counted and a virtual race night will take the total to just over £10,000. To donate to their appeal visit their JustGiving page
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