By Seb Jones
An NHS worker has set himself the huge challenge of running Sheffield Half Marathon for charity despite having hardly any time left to train.
Joshua Darling, 29, from Wincobank, has signed up to the race on the 26 March with little training and only six weeks to go, with all proceeds going to help the disaster in Turkey and Syria.
Mr Darling said: “With this challenge,I’m very nervous. I’ve not done any real formal cardio or distance running for over a year. It’s going to be a very difficult challenge but I’m looking forward to it.”
He is raising funds for the DEC Turkey-Syria Earthquake Appeal run by the British Red Cross. The funding will go straight to help victims of the Turkey and Syria earthquake that happened last Monday. It will help provide water, shelter, counselling and help reunite family members that are still lost.
Mr Darling said: “It’s a travesty. You can’t do much to change what’s happened but I want to raise as much money and awareness to really help people on the ground.”
There is a personal connection to the current events in Turkey and Syria. He has a friend in Sheffield,who is originally from Turkey, and knows first hand how hard-hitting the recent events have been.
He said: “It’s a very chaotic time for them. They’ve got friends and family over there that they are still trying to find. They’ve always been amazing for myself and to my family. Nobody deserves something like this to happen to them.”
The death toll of the Turkey and Syria earthquake has reached over 37,000. The number is continually increasing as more bodies are recovered.
Mr Darling, who works at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield, has the support of his family and friends for his challenge.
He said: “My wife thinks it’s silly. She’s happy that I’m doing it in terms of the cause but she thinks it’s silly. I keep reminding them every single time I’ve done something like this, I’ve done it!”
There is a JustGiving page to support the challenge and help support the DEC Turkey-Syria Earthquake Appeal.
Mr Darling said: “Donate as much as possible, it’s a massive challenge but even without the challenge, it’s about the people in Turkey and Syria.”