Fundraising for my sight-loss brother

Tim Spain (left) and his 100% Challenge team mates.

Tim Spain (left) and his 100% Challenge team mates.

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A Hucknall man has spent a year raising funds for the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) with a series of sporting and endurance challenges.

Tim Spain’s 100% Challenge saw him and a team of family-members and friends take part in ten challenging events, each adding up to 100 – whether 100 metres, 100 kilometres or 100 miles – over the course of 2014.

Tim, a landscape architect, was inspired to take the challenges to help his brother Stephen Grainger, who suffers from sight loss.

Tim (35) said: “I was inspired to undertake all of this because of the courage that my brother has shown over the last ten years in living with his sight condition retinitis pigmentosa.

“I want to do something to help people like Stephen and for the RNIB, that support and help people learn to live with their sight conditions. Stephen’s always been an amazing role model, for me, his family and those around him. He is unbelievably courageous and brave in facing the difficulties his eye condition presents.”

Over the course of the year, Tim ran 100 marathon miles wih two marathons and four half marathons, including the Robin Hood Half Marathon in Nottingham. He took part in ten 10km running events and he completed a 1,000 mile bike ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats in ten days. Tim, who now lives in Clapham in London, raised over £18,000 with the help of his friends in the team.

Family friend Sharon Revill said: “I think what he has done is outstanding - particularly because he works full time. He deserves an OBE!”