Golfer’s mission to help Winston’s Wish

Lee Corns, who has been fundraising for Winston's Wish.
Lee Corns, who has been fundraising for Winston's Wish.

A Burnley man has run an impressive 60 miles over two days to raise funds for childhood bereavement charity Winston’s Wish.

Lee Corns, the 2015 club captain at Burnley Golf Club, made it his mission to lead the fundraising efforts for the charity, which is the golf club’s chosen charity of the year.

Lee Corns, who has been fundraising for Winston's Wish, at Rishton Golf Club.

Lee Corns, who has been fundraising for Winston's Wish, at Rishton Golf Club.

The father of two, an experienced marathon runner, set himself the daunting challenge of running to all six golf clubs that are part of the East Lancashire Bench League.

Lee started the challenge on October 1st when he set off from Burnley Golf Club before running 29 miles to visit Colne and Stoneyhurst Golf Clubs.

The following day Lee was up again to complete the journey, starting from Stoneyhurst and visiting Great Harwood, Rishton and Baxenden Golf Clubs, before a big push to finish at his home club in Burnley.

Lee said: “Even though I’ve run a few marathons, nothing prepares you for the pain you feel when you have to get up on day two and run again.

Lee’s achievement is amazing and we are thrilled he picked Winston’s Wish as his charity

Clare Richards, North West fundraiser

“The hardest bit was the final push back to Burnley, 8 hard miles but I am delighted I’ve smashed my fundraising target and raised over £800 for the charity.”

Winston’s Wish helps children and young people rebuild their lives after the death of a loved one, enabling them to face the future with confidence and hope.

The money Lee has raised will go directly to the therapeutic work the charity carries.

Clare Richards, North West fundraiser for Winston’s Wish, said: “Lee’s achievement is amazing and we are thrilled he picked Winston’s Wish as his charity.

“The funds he has raised will be used to help our work with children and young people across the UK, for example our drop-in services in Leigh, Wigan, Southport and Central Manchester.

“Lee’s fundraising will make a massive difference to families locally when they need our support the most.”