A GRANDSON is taking on a running challenge in memory of his Nan.

George Holden-Mather, co-owner of Culture barber shop in Leigh, has challenged himself to run four miles, every four hours, for 48 hours.

The 24-year-old will be attempting the challenge to raise money for Dementia UK, in memory of his Nan Marie, who had FTD, a type of dementia, and Cancer Research UK, as his fiancée’s family member is battling the disease.

Leigh Journal: George was very close to his Nan MarieGeorge was very close to his Nan Marie (Image: Nicki Mather)

George, dad-of-one, emphasised how raising money for both causes was very important to him.

George, who is based in St Helens, said: "I’m really looking forward to challenging myself both mentally and physically in aid of two really important charities that mean so much to both my family and my fiancée's family.

"I want to try and raise as much money as possible so that it can be put to good use funding both of these causes.

"I’m not one for the limelight or speeches and it’s really important to me that the cause matters more than the challenge."

Leigh Journal: George crossing the finish line at his first St Helens 10KGeorge crossing the finish line at his first St Helens 10K (Image: Dave Gillespie)

George’s mum Nicki, who is "really proud" of her son for raising awareness of both causes, added: "George has got a heart of gold and he was very close to his Nan, so it makes me really proud.

"I was absolutely chuffed to bits that he had done the St Helens 10K, we were all there to support him and cheer him on.

"As a family, we’re all so proud of him, his fiancé and his little boy will be cheering him on."

George will be taking on the running challenge on June 16.

To donate, visit George’s Go Fund Me page here.

For more information on both charities, visit https://www.dementiauk.org/ and https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/.