Steve smashes charity target
Published on: 06 Oct 2017
A HOSPITAL worker from Cadbury Heath is celebrating after smashing his target to raise money for a charity close to his heart.
Darren Wilshire wanted to support the work of the Stroke Association following the death of his brother Steve.
Steve was 41 when he died last May, leaving his family devastated and bewildered as to how such a fit man could die at such a young age.
Darren realised although there was plenty of information out there about cancer, there was much less about strokes and how they affect people's lives.
After running the Bristol Half Marathon for the last four years, Darren set himself a new challenge to raise money for the Stroke Association.
He embarked upon the Cheltenham Half Marathon on October 1, beating his £200 target by £100.
Darren, 35, who works in the catering department at the BRI, said: "I completed it in 1 hour 54 minutes, which I was pretty proud of as I was aiming to finish it in under 2 hours.It was a lovely flat course but running 13.1 miles is still tiring on the legs. I wore my brother Steve's ashes around my neck so he was running with me every step of the way."
Darren was supported by his girlfriend Katie and step-daughter Alisha who cheered him on while he was running.
"Steve was a fit and healthy guy with no health problems or family history of strokes so it came as a huge shock to us all," Darren said.
"It's really opened my eyes to the fact that no matter how fit and healthy you are, you can still have a stroke."