Barber Alan Rowe set to help aid Ellie's Haven

PUBLISHED: 10:47 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:35 15 June 2010

HONITON barber Alan Rowe is taking on his toughest challenge yet to raise money for a short break facility in Cornwall. He will be attempting to run three marathons in three days to raise money for Ellie's Haven, which will provide non-medical breaks for families with sick children.

HONITON barber Alan Rowe is taking on his toughest challenge yet to raise money for a short break facility in Cornwall.

He will be attempting to run three marathons in three days to raise money for Ellie's Haven, which will provide non-medical breaks for families with sick children.

The facility is due to be built in Looe and will be named after Ellie Libby, who is terminally ill.

Her parents, Julie and Nigel Libby, of Looe, who are behind the plans for the centre, were delighted when a landowner in their area donated the land for Ellie's Haven.

When completed, the centre would be open to children and their families from across Devon and Cornwall.

Mr Rowe, who has raised money through different challenges over many years, said this would be his most difficult.

He has completed the Pennine Way in nine days, run the London Marathon and the Great North Run and finished the Royal Marines' 30-mile challenge.

He said: "Although I've tried a few things in my time, I've never attempted this kind of effort before and frankly, it's going to be one of the toughest events that I've tackled.

"I have no idea of the cumulative effect on my body and with business and other commitments, time for training will be limited but when you see how some families cope, 24/7, you can't help but realise the value of a break from that heavy routine.

"I suppose my bottom line is, if little Ellie can bear what she has in her three years then I can put up with a bit of pain for three days."

Mr Rowe will be setting off on his challenge at 9.30am on Good Friday, March 21, from St Paul's Church.

Councillor Vernon Whitlock, mayor of Honiton, will be on hand to see the start and other support is expected along the route.

The Tamar Trotters are planning to escort Mr Rowe across the Tamar and into Cornwall.

When he nears Looe, he has been told runners will complete the last four miles with him and a host of fun activities are planned on the seafront in Looe to welcome him at the end of his challenge.

He will also be carrying a plaque from Honiton to handover to the people of Cornwall.

Anyone wishing to sponsor Mr Rowe can do so on-line at www.3forellie.org.uk or they can call (01404) 47535.

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