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Alix Brennan from Chichester is no stranger to taking on epic fitness challenges, having run 53 miles from Arundel to Winchester last year, raising over £1,000 for Chestnut Tree House. But on 31 July 2020, Alix is taking on an active challenge like no other setting himself a target to burn 10,000 calories in a day, in memory of his son, Oscar.
“I wanted to take on another challenge this year, and I thought instead of going for a crazy run – I’d do something even crazier and burn 10,000 calories in 24 hours. I’m going to be getting up nice and early, doing some workouts, doing lots of 10-mile-runs, and just set myself lots of targets to hit. I plan to stay active the whole day.”
“It’ll be one of the toughest challenges that I have ever taken on, but I know that Oscar will be with me, cheering me on, every step of the way – even when my legs give up!” says Alix. “It’s the least I can do for all the love, care, support and guidance that Chestnut Tree House offered us at such a challenging time.”
Alix has chosen to support his local children’s hospice, Chestnut Tree House because of the support that they provided him and his family in 2018 when his son, Oscar was sadly stillborn. “At such a tough time they were always checking up on us and making sure we were okay. Oscar was in his own room, and the team let us stay in the lounge next to him so we could spend as much time with him as possible. They helped us to cram a lifetime of memories into the short time that we had with him. I miss Oscar so much, every single day. I’m taking on this challenge for him.”
“The overwhelming compassion that we received at this time was incredible, and I want to continue fundraising for Chestnut Tree House to make sure that other children and families can get this support too.”
Alix is experienced and knowledgeable about taking on extreme challenges like this but anyone thinking of taking on a similar challenge should ensure they are medically fit enough to do so.
Alix has set himself a target of £500, to support Alix please visit www.justgiving.com/alix-brennan1