Hayling United boss Dan Bishop hitting the road as he sets himself challenge to raise funds Headway charity after recent family scare

Hayling United manager Dan Bishop is racking up the miles to raise funds for brain injury charity Headway.

Wednesday, 14th April 2021, 10:25 am
Dan Bishop is chipping away at his 100km running distance target for charity

The Humbugs boss, whose team play in the Hampshire Premier League, is targeting running 100km over the course of a month for the cause and has set up a JustGiving page where people can donate.

Bishop, who turns 43 on May 9, still has 83km to go before reaching his magical century mark, which he must achieve the day before his birthday.

Waterlooville-based Bishop was inspired to take up the challenge for charity following a recent family scare.

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His cousin's husband, Matt Whittaker, was rushed into hospital earlier this year and underwent surgery on a brain aneurysm.

Thankfully, he is now recovering at home and enjoying family walks as well as accompanied bike rides after a concerning period spent in hospital.

But Bishop remained keen to do his bit for Headway in light of recent events and remains in the process of working towards reaching his personal target.

He said: ‘I thought if I embraced the way he lives, set myself this target of 100km in a month, and just try to raise some money.

‘He’s only a little bit older than me and probably the fittest bloke I’ve ever met.

‘When it happened I wanted to raise some money – I wasn’t sure if he was going to make it or if he did make it whether it was going to be a life-changer and whether he’d need stuff around the house.

‘But, after two-and-a-half or three weeks of being in hospital he came out, and he’s making a recovery. They’ve put it down to his extreme fitness.

‘He’s making an amazing recovery and he’s already back out on his bike.

‘It’s incredible and it’s made me want to change my lifestyle because if something like that happens to me, the fitter we can all be and the more awareness we’ve got about these things, it might just be one more life saved later.’

Bishop had initially set out to reach his 100km target by the end of April but put the timeframe back after injuring his hip on his first run setting out to reach the milestone distance.

Currently, he has raised £175 of the £1,000 figure hoped to achieve for Headway.

However, Bishop said it's not about what the final sum is - more the fact that money will be going to be a crucial cause.

He said: ‘Whether I get £300 or £3,000 I don’t care, I just want to do something.

‘It’s a great cause, an amazing cause, for some of the things they do for people in those conditions.

‘I’ve no previous affiliation with it at all (Headway charity), it just felt like the right one.’

More information can be found on Bishop's JustGiving page, which you can access through this link.