A MALVERN widower has set himself the enormous task of running 75km before his 75th birthday this Wednesday.

John Elliott was inspired by the efforts of Captain Tom and wanted to do something to help with the coronavirus efforts.

He has been running and walking 5km every day alongside his dog, Missy. He said: "I have already completed 70km and am looking forward to doing the last five before my birthday.

"I have been isolating during this lockdown as I am at risk, this means I couldn't deliver food or medicine, or help out in other ways. So, after seeing what Captain Tom has achieved, I was inspired to do the same, on a much smaller level, of course.

"Myself and my dog Missy have been out running and walking around the field behind my house in Malvern every day. We do sixteen laps each time. It has done wonders for my health! I feel great, I have more energy and I feel so much healthier."

Mr Elliott is raising money for The Care Workers Charity. He said: "In addition to losing my wife, Jackie, recently, I have also lost her 96 year old Dad.

"Over the last 5 years, he received exceptional care (at home and in a care home) from exceptional people. These carers are often undervalued and lowly paid. I saw them do difficult tasks and make extraordinary efforts to improve his quality of life though friendliness and respect.

"I want such carers to get more recognition, support and reward during these difficult times.

The generous widower has already raised £1000 for his cause and has said he plans to continue walking as it gives him purpose after losing his beloved wife, Jackie last year.

The couple have nine children and twelve grandchildren between them. Mr Elliott said he will be spending his birthday zooming with them all!

To find out more you can visit his Go Fund Me page here.