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Balsall Common fund raiser sets out on stilts challenge

Wacky fundraiser Stuart Kettell has embarked on his latest challenge – walking along every street in one city on 5ft stilts

Madcap Fundraiser Stuart Kettell
Madcap Fundraiser Stuart Kettell

Wacky fundraiser Stuart Kettell has embarked on his latest challenge – walking along every street in one city on 5ft stilts.

The dad-of-three, from Balsall Common, will be covering 500 miles across Coventry in the space of three weeks, the equivalent of a marathon a day. He has spent ten hours a day over the last few months practising teetering along the streets on the stilts and set off earlier this month.

“I’ll be leaving no road unturned - except the ring road for obvious reasons,” said the 48-year-old.

“I’ve been getting cramps around my legs from the stilts. [They] rub against my legs and it’s been causing me a lot of discomfort.

“I’ve put some lamb wool protectors on them which helps but physically it’s still quite painful. It will be tough.”

Stuart has become renowned for his stunts - which in recent year have raised £36,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. He’s previously spent a week in a box in a busy city street, ran seven marathons in a hamster wheel and soared to 50ft in the air with the aid of helium balloons.

And he hopes that his latest fundraiser will bring in at least another £5000 for the cancer charity.

“I’ll have a few volunteers to help for this challenge but ultimately it will be down to me to do the task. I’m hoping it will get easier as I go along.”

If you can support Stuart in his latest madcap mission go to www.willthemadfoolmakeit.co.uk

 

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