Double for Derian

Stephen Nicholls will run from his home in Liverpool to Pendle Hill and back in just 24 hours to raise money for Derian House Children’s Hospice. The combat veteran will wave goodbye to his wife, Stephanie, and four-year-old daughter, Stevie, on Tuesday, 16 August and will sprint over 60 miles at lightning speed. Stephen is no stranger to pushing himself to his limits, having served over seven years in the armed forces including on front line operations across Iraq, Kosovo and Afghanistan. After leaving his military career behind, Stephen began tackling long-distance challenges to test his fitness and improve his mental health. With his latest crazy run, he hopes to raise as much money as possible for the children and families that Derian House cares for. Stephen, 37, said: “Since my daughter was born all I’ve wanted is to save the world – as much as I can. “After leaving the military I suffered badly with my mental health. I lost touch with my family, pushed everyone away. But with the support of my wife, I’ve become stronger and stronger. I’ve become me again. “I’ve been mentally and physically challenged in my life, but one of my biggest tests was becoming a dad, being a supportive husband, and working on the battle in my own mind – reminding myself that I need to here for my family. “I want to help Derian House carry on doing all the good that they do for children and their families. “If I can keep going all the way to Pendle Hill and back, I hope I can encourage others to never give up when times are tough. “I am going to get the run done in 24 hours - I’m hoping to be back for my tea to be honest. I’ve got a dog to walk and a wife and daughter to get back for. “It’s not going to be easy - I had a lot of injuries in my last challenge it can get very painful. But you know, I just keep on going. You’ve got to give others that glimmer of hope – that things may get difficult but if you keep on going you might be able to give back something positive. “If this challenge can raise money to help support the children at Derian House – that’s amazing. I’m doing it for them.” Ann-Marie Fishwick, Community Fundraiser at Derian House, said: “We’re incredibly grateful to Stephen for supporting Derian – he is incredibly brave to run so far in such a short time! “We couldn’t do what we do without the dedication of our supporters, like Stephen, who put in their all to raise money for our 450 children and their families.” You can follow Stephen on his journey on Instagram: Find out more about Derian house:

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