City of London police officer, Pete Digby, is running non-stop 100km from London to Brighton with a giant 25lb monkey on his back for Starlight.
Pete is no stranger to running with heavy items on his back. He has completed the London Marathon for charity on several occasions carrying heavy items on his back such as a fridge, washing machine and mini oven. He has also pulled a 560lb oven 150 miles from the Arboretum in Staffordshire to London to support military charities.
It’s what’s in the head not the tank that gets you through a challenge like this. The giant monkey teddy bear is very bulky so if it’s windy or rains it will make it even tougher. I hope by running with a monkey on my back it will help raise awareness, and hopefully funds, for Starlight. If by doing this, I can trigger someone to support Starlight then it will be worth it! I wanted to run for Starlight after my neighbour’s son, who is battling a debilitating disease, was granted a Starlight Wish to go to Disneyland. I saw the difference that the wish made not only to him, but to the whole family. It gave them hope and I saw a real change in them all.
Pete will be running with his friend Theo Summers who will motivate, encourage and support him along the way.
The London to Brighton Challenge starts on Saturday 27th May. If you would like to sponsor Pete, Theo and the monkey, visit their Just Giving page.