A TEACHING assistant has run up a great total for a national charity.
Alan Pounder, 51, a teaching assistant at Catcote Academy, in Hartlepool, raised £671 for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) after running a duathlon in April.
Alan, from the town’s Milton Road, raised the money on behalf of his friend and fellow teaching assistant Janet Carr, who used to run several events for the charity.
After Janet’s husband, Michael, died of a heart attack, Alan picked up the torch to keep the donations flowing in.
He said: “Janet used to do loads of events. She used to run raffles, quizzes and bake sales.
“With her husband dying I told her I would do the race and I’ll raise funds for you to give to the charity.
“My father, George Scott, died recently of a heart attack too, so there was a little common ground between us.”
As a result, Alan ran the duathlon, an event which consists of a 2km run, a 10km cycle, and finishes off with another 1km run.
He said: “The difference between this and a triathlon is that there’s no swimming.”
Alan also expressed his wish to do more, after completing his stint on the Stockton Riverside in 47 miuntes.
“It was brilliant,” he added.
“It certainly won’t be the last.
“I’m forming a team, with me and two others, to do a triathlon for an upcoming half-marathon in September this year.”
Alan has high hopes for the money he has raised.
He said: “It will make people know just how much money the British Heart Foundation needs.”
Chrish Perera, regional head of community fundraising for the BHF, said: “It’s because of people like Alan that the BHF can continue its vital work into the fight against coronary heart – the UK’s single biggest killer.
“The money Alan has raised will be spent on funding life-saving research that will hopefully one day find a cure for heart disease.
“I wish Alan all the best for his triathlon in September, we’re so grateful for his on-going support.”