NOT many people can say they have introduced a new and popular event to the Hartlepool calendar.
Michael Day can. This time last year, the 39-year-old was putting together the first ever Miles for Men event.
He dared to hope that 300 people would turn up. He dared to hope that he could raise around £7,000 to be shared between Hartlepool & District Hospice and Cancer Research UK.
He was wrong. One thousand people came forward and raised £40,000. His idea had touched the public in a big way.
Now Michael’s brainchild is being spread to other towns across the country.
It is such an inspirational story that it landed Michael this year’s Fundraiser of the Year title at the Pride of Hartlepool awards.
But humble Michael was keen to praise others. He said: “This is down to a lot more people than just me. We have a Miles For Men team.
“All this started when I had an idea for a fundraising event after I lost my dad to cancer and that is why I started this.”
Miles for Men will once again be held in Hartlepool this year, while two others are planned in Newcastle and Liverpool.