AN ISLEWORTH man is planning to run two marathons in a week for charity - including running one of them dressed as Scooby Doo.

Robert Bright, of Woodland Gardens, will be running in the Brighton Marathon on April 14, and then the London Marathon a week later.

He's doing it for ACROSS - a charity which takes sick and disabled people on a Christian pilgrimage to Lourdes in France - and PHAB, which creates opportunities for children and adults of all abilities to come together on equal terms.

This will be the 21-year-old care assistant's fifth year of taking on an epic project to raise money for ACROSS, and his second year for PHAB.

Over the years, the former St Mark's Catholic School pupil has done a 13,000 ft high skydive, a 300 ft bungee jump, the London to Paris bike ride and the London Marathon in the Olympic year.

For 2013 he has decided to up his already impressive game by taking on two marathons in a week and has promised to do the London Marathon dressed as popular cartoon character Scooby Doo, if he manages to raise £1,500 by the end of the Brighton Marathon which is the week before.

Mr Bright is hoping to start a nursing course in September and said it was difficult to explain why he likes helping those less able or fortunate than him.

He said: "It's very hard to explain why or how rewarding it is until you actually experience the wonder of Lourdes and ACROSS. I first got into ACROSS through my local church when I was 15 but had to wait until I was 16 to be allowed to go Lourdes. I've been on the pilgrimage with the Heston and Isleworth ACROSS group ten times now and I always have a great time helping.

"By the end of the trips you're looking past people's wheelchairs and just see them having a good time."

The keen charity worker has been fundraising ever since he went on his first trip in a bid to raise awareness of the charity which helps people get out of a routine, provides respite for families and organises day trips, prayer, relaxation and pilgrimage.

He added: "Two years ago I also got involved with PHAB which is another great charity but slightly different to ACROSS as it helps people of all abilities and ages to gain self-confidence and independence."

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