DAREDEVIL Andy Buddin will do anything for a good cause.
Now his wife is hoping to see his dedication to fundraising recognised with a Pride of South Tyneside Award.
Proud Lynne, 47, of Ashbourne Road, Hill Park, Jarrow, has put him forward for Role Model of the Year.
She said: “My husband has lived here for 25 years, and considers himself an adopted Geordie.
“He will do anything to promote the North East, especially the South Tyneside area.
“Because of wanting to put back into the community he feels strongly about being a part of, he’s linked up with several charities in the region, and it’s for the time and effort he gives to charity that he deserves my nomination.”
Mr Buddin, 48, originally from Guildford, Surrey, has done the Great North Run 10 times, mainly for South Shields-based Cancer Connections.
He also managed a 13,000ft tandem skydive for the charity, and has abseiled off the Tyne Bridge and completed two parachute jumps.
This year, he is turning his attention to the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice in Farnham, Surrey, which cared for his late father, George, and plans to do the Great North Run and Great South Run with orange hair – the charity’s colour.
Lynne, who says her husband has helped her through depression in the last year, added: “He’s also trying to persude me that their fire-walking event is a good idea!”
Mr Buddin, who works with adults with learning difficulties, also volunteers at St Clare’s Hospice in Jarrow.
He said: “I didn’t expect the nomination, but it is nice to be recognised for what I’ve achieved.
“I will do anything for charity, and will keep on doing it.”