A hospital worker with asthma and Cerebral Palsy is taking on a gruelling challenge in aid of Age UK Isle of Wight.

Tom Johnson is hoping to overcome his disability, and has committed to a 106 kilometre run along the Island’s coastal paths to raise money for the charity.

Tom has been running for more than 10 years, initially taking it up as a hobby to help with mobility in his leg and to improve his breathing.

In 2017 the 38 year old successfully completed the 54km Isle of Wight Challenge but has chosen to ramp it up this year to complete the full 106km run.

Tom said:

“I have learnt over the years to adapt to everyday life, but there are still some things I struggle with which most people will take for granted. Setting goals such as this gives me an incentive to keep pushing myself, and at the same time raise some money for a great charity”.

Elisha Leachman, Fundraising Manager for Age UK Isle of Wight commented:

“We are absolutely overwhelmed at the commitment shown by Tom to take on such an arduous challenge in aid of our charity. The monies raised by Tom will be vital in supporting elderly and vulnerable islanders through our range of services here at Age UK Isle of Wight. We are all so proud of what he has achieved so far and we look forward to cheering him on!”