A HOSPICE supporter is determined the coronavirus lockdown won’t scupper his fundraising plans ­— by completing a ‘Three Peaks Challenge’ at home.

Dave Clarke, 44, originally from Blackburn, had planned to complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge on April 25 to raise much-needed money for the East Lancashire Hospice.

Instead of cancelling the fundraiser, he decided to take up a new challenge; the nine-hour self-isolation three peaks workout.

He said: “If you think about all the fundraising events that have been cancelled due to this virus, the hospice and all other charities must be suffering massively in terms of donations.

The self-employed kitchen fitter has been left without much work due to the lockdown and is spending time training for the challenge.

He said: “This will involve walking on a treadmill for 20 minutes at a set pace, then doing 10 minutes of step ups, followed by another 20 minutes treadmill then a 10-minute workout - yet to be confirmed - and repeated for nine hours. Max, my 12-year-old son will be with me as long as he can.”

Dave plans to go on his treadmill, walking in his conservatory and in his back garden with his backpack weighted to replicate the conditions of walking up a steep mountain. The campaign comes at a time when hospices’ finances are struggling nationwide after the virus lockdown.

Dave, who now lives in St Helens, said: “If people would like to donate, that would be fantastic. You can donate what you want but if money is a concern then I ask a maximum of £5.”

Hospice income generation lead Sharon Crymble said, “We are so grateful to people like Dave and his son Max for adapting the challenge so they can still raise funds for our hospice.

“We are still doing all we can to care for our patients during this difficult time and the support from our community and people like Dave has really blown us away, we really can’t thank them enough.” To donate, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/david-clarke72