THE chairman of a leading firm and loyal supporter of Hartlepool & District Hospice completed his very first triathlon and raked in more than £2,500 for the charity.
Derek Muirhead, the chairman of Deepdale Solutions, based in Queens Meadow Business Park, in the town, turned 60 earlier this year but proved age was no barrier as he took on a challenging triathlon.
Derek, who lives in Wynyard, faced a 400m swim, a 12 and a half mile ride followed by a three and a half mile run at the David Lloyd Triathlon, in June.
And although the challenge was more than six weeks ago, dedicated individuals and companies are still pledging their support.
He has raised more than £2,500 for the Wells Avenue-based hospice so far but that figure is still rising.
Hospice patron Derek said: “I had three targets: raise some money, finish within one hour and 30 minutes and not to finish last or show myself up, and I managed to tick all three boxes.”
Derek, a dad-of-two who lives with his wife Chris, was delighted with his finishing time of one hour 20 minutes and 35 seconds and even more pleased with the total he raised for the charity.
He thanked everyone who has donated, especially his family and friends who he described as a “massive help and support” throughout his fundraising efforts.
Derek has supported the hospice for more than 10 years through a number of fundraising and corporate activities, challenges and events.
Staff at the facility are extremely grateful for his dedicated efforts.
Carol Sennett, the hospice’s corporate fundraiser, said: “I cannot thank Derek enough for what he has done for the hospice.
“He has been a huge benefactor over the years and has lent his support in so many different ways.
“I am sure he must be very proud of his latest personal achievement, I certainly would be.
“This is another wonderful donation and will help to ensure our vital services continue for the local communities of Hartlepool and East Durham.”