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Burscough fundraiser undertakes third gruelling challenge for Alfie Lund fund

Gary Worthington is planning to complerte triathlon in Lake District in under three hours

Gary Worthington with Alfie Lund and girlfriend Kim Moffat

A Burscough fundraiser who has already completed several gruelling events for the Alfie Lund fund is preparing to take on his next challenge.

Gary Worthington, 29, previously completed the Blackpool half marathon in February last year and a sprint triathlon in Scotland earlier this year.

Now Gary is planning to undertake another triathlon on Saturday at Bassenthwaite in the Lake District.

The challenge compromises of a 1500m open water swim, 40k cycle and a 10k run.

Gary said: “When I first heard about Alfie I knew I wanted to do something to help him.

 “I’d been looking into doing charity challenges and wanted to do something like a marathon.

“I’d looked into some of the bigger charities but decided I wanted to help someone locally.

“When I did the Blackpool half marathon it was great and things just snowballed from there. “I decided this year to do something extra special and my friends suggested a triathlon.

“I’m not really a confident swimmer and I was really worried about the open water swim, but with all my training I feel prepared now.

“I’ve been training around four times a week since Christmas and I’d love to do it in around three hours but that might be a bit ambitious.

“I haven’t got a target in mind but I think up to now I’ve raised over £1,000. It’s also good to raise awareness of Alfie’s condition with it being so rare.”

Alfie, six, suffer from a chromosome disorder called MECP2 Duplication syndrome.

The Burscough youngster can’t walk or talk and has profound and multiple learning difficulties.

But he is the most amazing little boy who takes life in his stride, he smiles and laughs and has just learnt how to give hugs.

His family set up the Alfie Lund fund to raise money for specialist equipment to make his life more comfortable.

Mum Rachel, said: “When we set up Alfie’s fund Gary was the first person to approach us.

 “He has become a friend, and has really taken Alfie to heart.

“The money he has raised has gone towards equipment we have purchased for Alfie like his bike. As well as raising money Gary has helped raise awareness of the condition which is also very important to us.”

To sponsor Gary and to donate to the fund visit: www.thealfielundfund.co.uk/

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