Dad gets char­ity ink ahead of the big race

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - SI­MON ALLIN

WHILE most run­ners are con­tent with wear­ing a T-shirt or head­band with their cho­sen char­ity’s logo, a dad has had his cause tat­tooed on his arm as a per­ma­nent re­minder.

Michael Wake­lin, 54, of Spring­bank in Bolling­ton, is tak­ing part in the Mac­cles­field Half Marathon in aid of the Co­ex­ist char­ity, which works to pro­mote un­der­stand­ing be­tween peo­ple of dif­fer­ent re­li­gions.

Michael, who works for the or­gan­i­sa­tion as a di­rec­tor of pro­grammes, de­cided he would go one step fur­ther than the usual spon­sored at­tire and have the logo tat­tooed onto his bi­cep in time for the run. He said: “I’m very proud of Co­ex­ist’s work and hope this will help get it wider recog­ni­tion.”

The logo in­cludes a cross, a Star of David and a cres­cent, rep­re­sent­ing the Chris­tian, Jewish and Mus­lim faiths.

The dad-of-three, who moved to Bolling­ton more than 10 years ago, took part in the half marathon for the first time last year, and has been train­ing in­ten­sively for this year’s event.

He is de­ter­mined to beat last year’s time and raise his tar­get of £3,000, for the char­ity.

To do­nate go to just­giv­ing.com/MichaelWake­lin2.

For more about the char­ity see co­ex­ist.org.

●● Michael, pic­tured be­low, has had Co­ex­ist’s char­ity logo tat­tooed on his right arm

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