Hedgehogs at heart for Leeds runner inspired by Captain Tom in fundraising challenge

A runner who has taken the plight of hedgehogs to heart has been inspired by the late Captain Sir Tom Moore in his own 100-themed challenge.

Peter Benefer, an international recruitment consultant, is set to run 100 half marathons in 100 days to raise funds for Hedgehog Emergency Rescue.

Peter Benefer, an international recruitment consultant, is set to run 100 half marathons in 100 days to raise funds for Hedgehog Emergency Rescue.

He has been joined by friends Adam Bradley and Rhyce Tracey, who are fundraising for the Lullaby Trust and CALM respectively. The friends are having a light-hearted competition, with a table dictating which charity will be the beneficiary of the most funds raised.

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Mr Benefer, who lives in north Leeds, has been running 13 miles around Horsforth and Cookridge every day in the first week of the challenge. He said: “I don’t think I thought it through before signing up. It was inspired by Captain Sir Tom. He raised all that money and was a great thing to do at that age.”

Keighley-born Sir Tom, who died aged 100 in February, completed 100 laps of his garden last year to raise nearly £33m for the NHS.

His family have asked people to do their own 100 charity challenge.

To donate to Mr Benefer, https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/superdupersunday2021