A DAD known as ‘Father Fitness’ is to stage a unique Twelve Days of Christmas fundraiser in aid of a children’s charity.

Paul Stainthorpe, a father-of-two from Durham City, will run to locations relevant to the gifts given on each day of the much-loved Christmas song to raise money for the Percy Hedley Foundation, which works with disabled children.

On Boxing Day, the second day of Christmas – when two turtle doves were sent, he will visit the Dove Hut at Broom House Farm, in Witton Gilbert.

On the 12th day of Christmas – when 12 drummers were sent, he will run home from Drum Industrial Estate, in Chester-le-Street.

Over 12 days, Mr Stainthorpe will clock up a total of 60 miles.

He said: “I’ve been thinking about this latest challenge for some time now. I knew about Percy Hedley and the wonderful work they do as a friend of mine works there.

“As 2013 is the foundation’s 60th anniversary, I wanted to devise a quirky challenge that involved me running 60 miles.”

To avoid interrupting his family Christmas Day, Mr Stainthorpe will begin his first challenge at 11.30pm on Christmas Eve.

He will be blogging about this challenge at fatherfitness.co.uk/christmas-is-coming To sponsor him, visit mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/fatherfitness