A DAD from Northwich is running, rowing and cycling 250km in seven days starting today, Wednesday, February 10.

Stephen Carter hopes to raise £1,000 for the charity Tiny Steps, set up by a Davenham family to fundraise for a cafe and sensory play area for children with special needs and their families.

Stephen, 37, who works at Barclays at Radbroke Hall, will complete 50km of running, 50km of rowing and 150km of cycling at the work gym, fitting it it around work, sleep and school runs.

He has two sons, Rory and Thomas aged 11 and 10.

A keen footballer, Stephen is the former captain and manager of Lostock Gralam FC and has also played for Broken Cross, Thatched Tavern and Rudheath Social Club.

He currently plays for Egerton FC in the Cheshire Veterans Premier League.

He said fitness and charity were both important to him.

"I'm doing the challenge for charity and personal fitness combined, but primarily as Tiny Steps is a friend's charity that is close to my heart," he said.

Tiny Steps was launched by husband and wife Martin and Laura Clifton, from Davenham, and inspired by their daughter Connie who has a rare form of epilepsy called west syndrome.

"I want to do it because it's my friend's daughter and also the local element is massively important," he said.

"This town and the people who live here mean the world to me and it's just about doing what I can for the town and the townsfolk to promote the local area."

For more information about how to sponsor Stephen email him on steviecarts@icloud.com.