One man’s epic charity challenge in memory of brother

published on 8 Apr 2015

[Salvation Army Officers at Peter’s local church, Farnworth, Majors Ian and Christine Kennedy, Amber Sylvester Assistant Regional Manager for The Salvation Army’s Homelessness Services, and Peter Kane]

Inspired by the ten year anniversary of his brother’s death, Bolton resident, Peter Kane, 53 is set to run, swim and cycle more than 630 miles this year in a series of epic challenges to raise money for The Salvation Army.

The challenge which Peter has set himself begins today (8th April 2015), with a gruelling 300 mile cycle from London to Paris and also includes the Liverpool Marathon, the Blackpool half marathon, a two and a half mile open water swim across Derwent Water in The Lake District as well as The Bolton Iron Man in July.

Peter’s brother, Patrick served in the Queens Lancashire Regiment in the army, but after leaving he lost control of his life and became homeless.  It was at this point that he received considerable support from The Salvation Army in the Bolton area. Sadly Patrick died when he was just 34 after he lost his battle with addiction leaving four young children.  

Peter said: “I decided I wanted to take on a real challenge this year to mark ten year’s since Patrick passed away and it feels right to be doing this for The Salvation Army as I believe they did so much to help him. Patrick made his own choices and regrettably lost his battle.

"I know every penny I raise will go to helping people facing similar challenges to Patrick and I know I'll help make a difference and that's what's keeping me going through my training."

Up until three years ago Peter weighed more than 19 stone and was relatively inactive, making his plans even more inspiring.  It was taking his children, now 13 and 16, to Bolton Triathlon Club which began Peter’s interest in the discipline.

Amber Sylvester, Assistant Regional Manager for our Homelessness Services, said: “We’re delighted that Peter has decided to take on this truly incredible challenge to raise money for homelessness services at The Salvation Army.  While his brother’s story is very moving, it is not unusual and we are working alongside people in similar situations every day, all over the country who are coming out the other side and reaching their goals.  It is thanks to the generosity of people like Peter that we’re able to continue this valuable work which is making a real difference and saving lives.”

Peter added: “I know completing these challenges is going to be far from easy, but doing this in memory of Patrick will help spur me on, and knowing that the money I raise will go to supporting people who are going through similar issues to him makes it all worthwhile.”

Money raised by Peter’s challenges will go to our work helping to support people who are experiencing homelessness in the Manchester area.

To donate to Peter’s challenge please visit here

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