A PRUDHOE shopkeeper has raised more than £2,500 for NHS charities after running the distance of a marathon around his store.

Miv Chahal, who runs the Nisa store in West Wylam, was inspired to take on the challenge by Captain Tom Moore’s efforts to raise money for the NHS.

Miv, who has ran marathons across the world, completed the challenge by running 100 laps of his shops precinct last Friday.

Despite his impressive running CV, which included marathons in Berlin, Chicago, New York and London, Miv still found it a tough challenge.

He explained: “It’s been really difficult trying to get out, because work has been manic. By the time I get home, I’m too tired to run.

“The running club sessions are cancelled due to the pandemic, so I can’t get out and run as a group.

“It was off the back of no training - but it was really good.

“It’s not easy doing laps either. It was a mental challenge, too.”

Miv was joined by fellow Prudhoe athletes Louise and Kate Smith just after the halfway mark, who gave him a much-needed boost.

And the generosity of locals has seen thousands raised for NHS Charities Together, with Miv’s original goal to raise £500 well and truly smashed.

He continued: “It’s good to see people supporting us.

“I’m donating the money to NHS Charities Together, because at the moment they’re the real heroes.

“They’re putting themselves on the frontline, working God knows how many hours, all the hours of the day.

“Without them, we would have lost a lot of people. I know we’ve already lost a lot of people, but without the NHS it would have been a lot more.

"It’s an incredible cause.”

Donations can still be made to Miv’s campaign, either in store or via its Facebook page at Nisa Local (Prudhoe).

NHS Charities Together, formerly The Association of NHS Charities, is a membership organisation representing, supporting, and championing NHS charities.

Bedfordshire’s Captain Tom Moore raised millions of pounds for the group by walking 100 laps of his garden.

Miv and his team have already made headlines during the coronavirus crisis, when they became one of the first shops in Tynedale to offer a delivery service to elderly residents who were unable to leave their house,