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Running a wheelie long way for charity

A Sunderland Council Waste Operative took on a marathon challenge for St Oswald’s on Sunday 4th October, by running 26.2 miles marathon whilst carrying a full sized wheelie bin!

Deano Franciosy, 51 from Sunderland has raised over £20,000 for charities in the North East over the last 20 years. His latest challenge saw him running the Virtual London Marathon for St Oswald’s Hospice. Running a marathon isn’t enough for Deano, so he has decided push himself even further by carrying a wheelie bin on his back too.

Deano said:

I started fundraising in 1992 when my mam died in the ICCU unit at Sunderland Royal Hospital. Since then I’ve nearly raised £20,000 for them as well as thousands for many other North East Charities. I love fundraising and helping people less fortunate that me. Keeping fit and distance running is another passion of mine, so when I saw St Oswald’s had spaces for the Virtual London Marathon I jumped at the opportunity to sign up and fundraise for another great cause.

I cover roughly 19 miles every day on my bin rounds and on top of that I complete a Backyard Boot Camp 6 days a week. I thought completing the London Marathon wasn’t enough, to make it more challenging I got inspiration from my job and decided to strap a bin to my back and run it!

It’s quite unusual seeing a guy running round Sunderland with a big green wheelie bin on his back and often people put money inside to donate to my fundraising. I’m almost at the £2000 mark for St Oswald’s and I’m excited to hit another target for another great local charity.

I have a little collection at home of all the cards, certificates, photos and letters I’ve received over the year whilst fundraising. I love receiving them and knowing I’m helping the local community.

Deano, who was back to work covering another 19 miles on Tuesday, added:

"I am hurting as have been suffering from sciatica but I think that the excitement of taking part and that I was raising money for St Oswald's Hospice, a great charity who look after very sick children and adults helped drive me forward.

"I am so lucky to be able to do what I do and hope that in my own way I am helping St Oswald's Hospice support everyone who needs their help."

Although the London Marathon had been cancelled this year, a Virtual race was organised in its place. Deano covered a 26.2 mile route taking place between the two major football stadiums in Tyne and Wear. Starting at 10am at the Stadium of Light, Deano made his way through Gateshead, along Newcastle Road, over the Tyne Bridge, through Newcastle to St James’ Park, where he will then turn and make his way back to the Stadium of Light.

Karen Macclennan, Community Fundraiser at St Oswald’s Hospice said:

I’ve worked with Deano for a number of years now and his fundraising ideas surprise me every year. We can’t thank him enough for the money he’s raised so far for the Hospice and he’s looking forward to hopefully running the actual London Marathon route next year. Thanks Deano for everything you’ve done for the Hospice and the local community.

If you’d like to support Deano in his fundraising for St Oswald’s Hospice please Text DEANO to 70085 to donate £5, Texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message.