AN OLYMPIC gold medallist from Staffordshire has raised tens of thousands of pounds for the NHS as health workers continue to tackle coronavirus. Global swimming sensation Adam Peaty MBE from Uttoxeter raffled off his Team GB 2016 Olympic Racing Trunks over the weekend to help raise money for the service to purchase personal protective equipment after taking part in a 100km exercise bike ride to raise yet more funds last week. The six-time Male European Swimmer of the Year selected the winning ticket on Friday, and managed to raise more than £13,000 for NHS charities on top of the £4,000 that was donated during his 100km exercise bike ride challenge – meaning altogether Adam managed to bring in more than £17,000.
Adam said: “Raffle closed! Thank you so much everyone you helped raise over £13,000 with this raffle alone and another £4,000 on Ryan Richardson fundraising page.
“All money goes to the NHS.
“It’s going to an amazing cause and the money raised will help so many.”
Adam’s cycling feat was part of the ‘Ryan’s Exercise for the NHS’ campaign, organised by Ryan Richardson, that invited people to either cycle, walk or run five kilometres and so far has raised over £11,000 in total.
On his Just Giving page, Ryan said: “After the recent Coronavirus outbreak, I started doing running challenges on social media to encourage people to exercise and get out of the house.
“Adam Peaty joined and cycled 100km with 700 others online to raise more money.
“I’m asking for anyone to run/bike/walk 5km and donate £5/£10.
“When lockdown is over, my challenge is to run/cycle 100 miles in one go, consisting of five legs of a 15 mile bike and a five-mile run.
“I’m encouraging anyone that wants to jump in on any of the legs with me to do so. We only set off to raise £500 and it’s been blown out the park.
“The money will go to NHS charities which supports patient care and staff care, especially during the coronavirus outbreak.”
Adam will continue to hold the 100-metre breaststroke Olympic title he won at Rio 2016 after the Tokyo 2020 games were postponed last month due to the international coronavirus outbreak.
He set a new world record on his way to Olympic gold with a time of 57.13 seconds but broke this last year when the 25-year-old became the first man to break the 57 second barrier after recording a time of 56.88 seconds at the 2019 World Championships in South Korea.
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