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Tram man on the run

A man dressed as a tram has completed a SPAD-free 21 mile romp around Hebden Bridge parish boundary in West Yorkshire.

Neil Harrison, Communications Manager for Metrolink, undertook the nine-hour off- road slalom to raise funds for Francis House, a children’s hospice in Manchester. Francis House provides a home-from- home for the families of children with life threatening or life limiting conditions, where they can receive professional care, support and friendship. Neil donned the MetMan costume, a life-size character used by Metrolink for school presentations.

Says Neil, 32, from Levenshulme in Manchester, ‘The MetMan costume is great fun for children, but not so much fun for nine hours of hiking across 21 miles of fairly wild countryside. It involved a climb of more than 2,500 feet, it was utterly exhausting, incredibly hot and difficult and I couldn’t really see where I was going, but it was completely worth it to raise money for such a good cause.

‘The care and support the hospice provides is incredibly humbling, so this was the very least I could do to help them continue their fantastic work. I hope this raises funds and makes more people aware of this incredible charity.’ To help go to: www.justgiving/neil- harrison10

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