A WIDNES resident took on 10 ‘gruelling’ challenges to reach an inspirational goal of £10,000 cancer charity donation.

James Noone decided he wanted to ‘give something back’ to Macmillan Cancer Charity after seeing the help and support his late father, Brian, received during his own battle with cancer back in 2017.

The dad of two has already completed nine out of the 10 challenges set, with which the remaining hurdle will see him take part in an Iron Man competition in Barcelona.

James, 42, is quickly closing in on his desired total with £8,000 raised so far.

Speaking of his courageous achievement, he said: “It’s out of my comfort zone but doing something like this helps you reset your mind and your focus. There’s no better motivation than doing this for my dad, who was my hero.”

He added: “I want to raise £10,000 for Macmillan. I saw a stat that £32 pays for palliative care nurse for an hour, which makes a massive difference and has a direct impact on someone with cancer.”

Some of the challenges he has already ticked off have included; climbing Italy’s tallest mountain, a whopping 34-mile run and a cycle from Skegness to Liverpool in just one day.

The self-confessed adrenaline junkie reached his 10-year wedding anniversary to wife, Aimee and decided to set the 10 challenges in a bid to raise the impressive total and to celebrate the couple’s milestone.

Mayor of Halton, Cllr Mark Dennett, publicly praised James for his major efforts and invited him and his children, Elliot and Elsie, along to Runcorn town hall to meet and congratulate him in person.

Cllr Dennett said: “It was a pleasure to meet James and his children at Runcorn Town Hall.

“James really is an inspirational and courageous person, as some of these challenges have been dangerous to complete. Well done to James on his amazing achievements so far.”

To donate to James’ fundraising, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/10for10JPN