A FRONTLINE worker has completed a half-marathon in memory of those who lost their lives in the West Cumbria shootings a decade ago.

Hospital porter Kevin Moore challenged himself with the 13.1-mile-long task to mark the anniversary, raising funds for the NHS to honour those affected by the tragic event.

Running from Camerton to Allonby, the 43-year-old made his way to the Seaton Pack Horse yesterday, raising more than £315 to contribute to the pub’s current NHS donation of £4,000.

Commenting on his feat, Kevin said: “I wanted to pay my respects to all those involved on that day, and to raise money for local NHS services.

“The local community response, from the emergency services and frontline NHS workers to the countless members of the public involved, showed just how many heroes there are in a time of great sadness and unexpected loss.”

He continued: “It’s a new challenge for me. I did the Great North Run seven years ago, but I’ve never been a runner, and the weather’s going to make it even harder.”

The Seaton man works as a porter at West Cumberland Hospital, and has seen first-hand the difficulties the NHS are facing during the current pandemic, reminding him of the devastating shootings in 2010.

And he’s pleased to “remember, honour and thank all of the NHS staff involved in the harrowing events of June 2, 2010, and the NHS staff that are dealing with the current Covid pandemic” with his half-marathon.

After completing the fundraising task, Kevin said that the run was “hard work in the conditions”, but definitely worth it.

He added: “I would just like to say thanks to everyone for donating to a worthy cause, and thanks to my support crew, Ken and Paul Slone.

“The response from everyone has been overwhelming, and I’ve much appreciated the support, well-wishes and donations.”

If you would like to make a donation to Kevin’s fundraiser, with all money raised being donated to West Cumberland Hospital and other local NHS services, visit his JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/kevin-moore-1.