A WORDSLEY man will don a superhero costume to run 1,000 miles around the Dudley borough to raise vital funds for NHS Charities.

Iain Gillett, also known as 'Captain NHS', has challenged himself to run every day until he clocks up 1,000 miles to raise £1,000 to help NHS staff in the fight against Covid-19.

The challenge sees the 32-year-old run up to six miles a day at locations across the borough, all while wearing a superhero costume and cape.

It is not the way Iain expected to be spending this time, as he was supposed to be getting married to his partner Rachel in Devon at the end of May before the pandemic halted their plans.

Instead, he decided to use his energy to raise cash while raising a smile to people across the borough.

Iain said: "I wanted to do something worthwhile. I've been working from home and running during my breaks so I thought I would put the time to use."

He set about making a superhero costume with a little help from his friends at The Sports Store in Kingswinford who kindly printed the get-up for free.

Iain, who works on the public health team at Dudley Council, is fitting in his runs during his lunch breaks and after work.

He said: "It's been really good to see people's reactions and to put a smile on people's faces, people toot their horns when they see me run in the costume.

"These times have been hard but it's been great to see people work together to get through it."

Iain has something to look forward to once the challenge is over as his wedding has been rescheduled to next June.

He added: "Everybody has been really good, we thought it would be a stress but we've been able to reschedule everything for next year."

To make a donation to support Captain NHS' challenge, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/captainnhs1000.

Supporters can also catch up with Iain's mission on social media by following @NHSCAPTAIN1000 on Twitter and @CaptainNHS on Instagram.