A FORMER boxing world champion is gearing up for a huge charity effort which will see him run 96 miles from Hartlepool to Dewsbury.
Steve Conway, who is originally from the seaside town but moved to Dewsbury when he was nine years old, is taking on the mammoth task to raise funds for Kirkwood Hospice.
The 43-year-old, who works at Morley Glass and Glazing, hopes completing the venture will help his grieving process after losing his mum, sister and brother within months of each other.
Describing it as “the worst time of my life”, Steve’s mum Linda Conway died in February 2019 after a long battle with metastatic breast cancer, having decided to give up on her treatment following the death of son Shaun and daughter Sheena the year before.
Linda was cared for by Kirkwood in her later stages at her home in Dewsbury – and Steve says he will stop at nothing until he’s completed the run.
Steve, who won the IBO Light Middleweight title in 2006, said: “Kirkwood made (my mum) comfortable and I can’t thank them enough.
“If I can raise a bit of money that’ll help. Everybody I know has been or will come into contact with Kirkwood, whether it’s a friend or family member.
“I didn’t realise what they did until I was put in the position with my mum where we needed their help.
“They are absolutely fantastic and if I can raise a bit of money towards making somebody else comfortable, then that’s part of my grieving.”
Steve now lives in Chickenley with his partner and their two young children.
He is setting off from Seaton Carew beach on Saturday April 4 and will finish his epic run at Dewsbury Town Hall.
He said: “Nothing is going to stop me, I know what it’s for – if I have to walk all the way I will.
“Hail, rain, snow, I’m not bothered. It could be the equivalent of three marathons in three days but if it takes me all week, it’s getting done regardless.”
Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/stephen-conway-april2020.