Paul Edwards Deadpool Charity: Wrexham Man Turns Superhero in 1,000+ Mile Charity Hike by Sarah-Jane Ellis
Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney aren’t the only celebrities giving Wrexham star status. You might have caught a glimpse of Paul Edwards walking to and from long night shifts dressed as Deadpool over the last few months. Local machinist Paul has been training anything up to 38 hours a week in preparation for his charity hike from John O’Groats to Lands End, which started on Monday, 14th June.
Hope House and Tŷ Gobaith
Committing to this incredible challenge in aid of Hope House and Tŷ Gobaith children’s hospice has taken great dedication and generosity. Despite working full-time, he still makes time to take selfies with the people he has met along his training routes.
Hopefully, Paul will receive the same friendliness on his charity hike. However, the solo and unsupported path may become a little lonely. A small chuckle escapes him when quizzed on his costume choice. He openly admits he needed a clever gimmick to attract attention and generate funds, so dressing as Deadpool has been an inspired choice. It has created countless engaging conversations and helped him raise more money.
Setting himself a bold target of £10,000, Paul is adamant about beating last year’s fundraising total of £9,618. 2020 was another busy year for Paul as he completed a solo 640-mile Scotland to Wales walk, including the three peaks of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon.
As a marathon runner, ultramarathon runner, and accomplished fundraiser, Paul’s past exploits give you plenty of confidence in him completing the challenge. However, despite participating in charity events across various terrains in many countries, this will be his most prominent and challenging fundraiser yet.
Without any crew, team, support, or vehicular assistance, Paul will certainly face a huge challenge as he walks 25-35 miles per day alone. The approximately seven-week Jogle walk (John O’Groats to Lands End) is about 1,200 miles.
Why is Paul setting himself such a difficult task? Well, his goal of providing at least one week of care for Hope House drives him forwards. Did you know it costs nearly £10,000 for one week of care? Self-funding this event, Paul ensures every penny goes to the charity. First, however, he was grateful to Clare Watkins at Clare’s Cleaning Services, Bhyst and Hoka One One for donating walking gear and clothing.
He also wished to relay his thanks for all donations received so far and for the ongoing support from Paul Griffiths and Premier Radio. Head over to Paul’s Facebook for regular updates or send him a message of support. Paul will be at the Racecourse Ground on 5th July and at Hope House Hospice on the 6th July. Wish him well and ask for a selfie!
We look forward to seeing him finish in Lands End on the 23rd July. So let’s help this Welsh wanderer fill his walking boots and donate anything you can via his Just Giving page.
Good luck, Deadpool, and watch your step.
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