A BRIGHTON Hill dad has challenged himself to run 100 miles in 24 hours to support front line workers’ mental health needs.

Phil Webb was inspired by his paramedic sister to raise funds for Our Blue Light, a mental health charity that focuses specifically on the mental health of frontline emergency workers.

From September 18 to 19, the 32-year-old electrician will take on the challenge. Posting to his fundraising page, Phil wrote: “Anyone who knows me well enough will know I am not a runner nor am I built for running. The longest I have run to date is 11.6 miles, so I've got quite a bit of training to do!

“The biggest drive and motivation behind this is due to a growing issue surrounding mental wellbeing in frontline workers and this issue is more important now than ever before.

“My sister is a paramedic and I have seen how the stress and pressure of her job can affect her but yet she still turns up and makes a massive difference to people's lives day in and day out when they need her the most. This is only one person, there are thousands more like her, putting themselves in harm's way to ensure that we are not.”

Phil hopes to raise £3,000 through the challenge.

His sister, Sophie, told the Gazette: “He has been training so hard and this is quite a challenge so he deserves to be able to raise as much as possible for this fantastic cause.

“He is a really lovely, caring guy that really deserves to be supported as much as possible.”

For more information, or to make a donation, visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/phil-webb7