Ironman cycling, kayaking and beard growing for hospice

Ironman cycling, kayaking and beard growing for hospice

Michael Owens

Ironman cycling, kayaking and beard growing for hospice

Chris Stallwood

A determined dad from Maidenhead has taken on charity challenges that will push his endurance - and his grooming skills - to the limit.

Chris Stallwood is set to travel more than 500km in endurance events this year including swimming, cycling and kayaking to support Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service (ADCHS) and its mission to raise £5m and build Berkshire's first children's hospice.

Chris, from Havelock Road, is also growing a full beard for 365 days. His hairy challenge started on January 1.

The dad of 12-year-old Isabella and eight-year-old Charlie was inspired to raise money for the charity's new hospice after working with its team for years through his job with Windsor-based event agency, Penguins.

"I've been touched by the charity and their commitment to their cause," said the warehouse and facilities manager.

The 46-year-old kicked off his fundraising year by swimming 2,500 metres in less than an hour at Windsor Leisure Centre.

He is now preparing for daunting tasks including a 200km canoe race, 200km cycle race and the Maidenhead Half Marathon.

He has even encouraged his colleagues to take part in the 100km Race to the Stones 'ultramarathon' from Oxfordshire to Wiltshire in July.

However, his toughest challenge might be getting his other half Tina to navigate his magnificent facial hair.

"My wife has stopped kissing me so we've had to Eskimo kiss," he said.

"It's a continuous effort to keep it out of my face after two-and-a-half months."

Visit Chris's fundraising page to donate and follow @beard_365 on Twitter to keep up with Chris's 'beard diary'.



ADCHS launched a £5m capital project in November to build the hospice at Snowball Hill in Woodlands Park,Maidenhead and plans to start work within the year.

The Devine hospice mission is being backed by the Advertiser and its sister papers, the Windsor & Eton Express and the Slough & South Bucks Express, through the Together We Can Built It campaign.

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