Dad’s latest endurance challenge for charity supporting his brave daughter

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A DEDICATED dad completed the Great North Run in his latest endurance effort to raise money for a charity which supports his brave daughter.

Andrew Gardner, 46, tackled 13 miles in the pouring rain in two hours and 11 minutes - four minutes faster than his target time.

Andy Gardner with his daughter Emma

Andy Gardner with his daughter Emma

But Andrew’s main target was to raise as much money as possible for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, a charity he has wholeheartedly supported over the last six years.

Andrew’s daughter, Emma, six, was diagnosed with the life-threatening condition, which affects the internal organs by clogging them with thick sticky mucus.

Last year Andrew, a funeral director who is married to Ellen, 43, completed a gruelling one mile swim in freezing waters and raised £450 for the charity.

And his Great North Run success has so far seen him rake in just below that amount, but he is still raising cash and hopes to pass the £500 mark.

Andrew, who lives in Fernwood Avenue, in the town, and is also a dad of Laura, 13, said: “I really enjoyed it, it was such an experience.

“Even when I started to struggle a little bit, the amazing atmosphere and the crowd kept me going.”

Emma and the rest of Andrew’s proud family were waiting for him at the finish line. And he’s already made his decision that he’ll be taking part again next year.

Andrew is now hoping kind Hartlepool residents will donate and help him to reach at least £500.

To support Andrew and his fundraising for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust visit www.justgiving.com/Andrew-Gardner6