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Royal Blood’s Mike Kerr takes on endurance challenge for Chestnut Tree House

Usually associated with being in a studio, on tour or performing at festivals like Download and Glastonbury, Mike Kerr – one half of English rock duo, Royal Blood, is taking on an endurance running challenge this weekend to raise money for his local children’s hospice, Chestnut Tree House.

Mike KerrThe singer and bassist of the Brighton-based band is doing the 4x4x48 Challenge, which means he’ll be running four miles every four hours for 48 hours, starting at 4am on Saturday 6 March.

Started by retired Navy SEAL and American endurance athlete, David Goggins, in 2020, the 4x4x48 Challenge is free to enter and people from around the world will be taking part and raising money for different charities. Everyone will start and complete the challenge at the same time (8pm PST, 5 March, which is 4am GMT, 6 March), exercising for around 45-60 minutes of each four-hour leg for 48 hours.

Explaining why he’s taking part and supporting Chestnut Tree House, Mike Kerr said: “I got into running during lockdown and when I heard about this endurance challenge, I thought ‘why not’?! I like the idea that many other people around the world will be taking part at the same time and raising money for lots of worthwhile causes.

“Chestnut Tree House is my local children’s hospice, and while they need support all the time, they’ve been hit hard by the pandemic so I’m hoping to raise some funds for the vital work they do. The care they provide for children and families is so important. I’m honoured to be able to help in this small way.”

Grant Phillips, Fundraiser at Chestnut Tree House said: “We’re so grateful to Mike for choosing to support us. Fundraising has been challenging during the pandemic and support from our local community has been invaluable. In addition to raising vital funds, we hope that Mike’s challenge and him talking about it on the band’s social media channels will help to raise awareness of Chestnut Tree House and the importance of children’s hospice care and inspire others to get involved.

“We wish Mike the best of luck with his 4x4x48 challenge and thanks to everyone who has donated!”

To support Mike’s fundraising, click here.