Charity fundraiser inspires Andy Murray after appearing on Surprise Surprise

Charity fundraiser inspires Andy Murray after appearing on Surprise Surprise

Jason Arday with Andy Murray

Jason Arday

First published in News by , Senior Reporter

A charity fundraiser has formed a special friendship with US Open winner Andy Murray after appearing on ITV show Surprise Surprise.

Jason Arday, 27, from Clapham, was flown to New York earlier this month where he met up with Britain's number one.

Friend Ben Solomon and partner Debbie McKenzie nominated the tennis fan for his charity work after Mr Arday, who suffers from epilepsy, ran 35 marathons in 30 days two years ago.

Despite having a seizure and suffering from a hairline fracture in his leg he continued to complete the challenge and raise thousands for Shooting Star Children's Hospice.

Mr Arday met with an extra surprise when he was back in the UK and found his name in national press after Murray quoted him as his inspiration.

The university lecturer, said: "He kept talking about meeting me. It was a little bit of a surprise, you don't expect someone like that to remember my name or anything.

"It was Ben and Debs (who nominated) it was such a beautiful and nice thing to do, but I don't like attention. I would happily have done the charity stuff, I don't want other people to know about it.

"This year has been crazy every dream that could have came true."

Over the summer the former Richmond College teacher was an Olympic Torch bearer and recently relocated to work as a PE lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University.

He has plans to host a boxing match next year to raise further money for charity.

The episode of Surprise Surprise was aired on ITV on November 24.

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