SOUTH Tyneside fundraiser Tony ‘The Fridge’ Morrison-Phoenix today completed a 1,000-mile journey which took him the length of the Britain.
Even he thought it might be ‘a fridge too far,’ the 49-year-old grandad from Hebburn has achieved his incredible goal - carried a Smeg fridge weighing 42.5kg the whole way.
He’s no stranger to epic charity feats, but the Smeg John O’Groats to Land’s End Endurance Challenge was far and away the most difficult he has faced.
For 41 days, and 1,009 miles, he carried his fridge to raise money and awareness of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
As well as raising tens of thousands of pounds for the charity, which helps find more effective ways to detect and treat cancer, it has been a life-affirming experience for Tony.
He said: “When I set out on this challenge, I genuinely had no idea how far I’d get.
“I wanted to try something so hard that nobody could be certain of its outcome.
“All I could do was try to prepare myself physically and mentally as best I could.
“At the end of this I feel humbled really.
“I’ve had so much support and generosity from the British public from the top of Scotland all the way down to the bottom of England.”
Tony has undertaken some incredibly punishing running challenges for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation – including running 30 half-marathons in 30 consecutive days, and running for 24 hours – all carrying an enormous fridge.
His ‘fridge-running’ has captured the imagination of thousands but this challenge, which is his last in the UK, has pushed him to the edge of his endurance.
Mike Giddings, managing director of Smeg UK, met Tony at Land’s End and greeted him with a £40,000 cheque for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
Before he comes home to the North East, Tony will be doing one final, brief run with his fridge, around the Portman Road ground of Ipswich Town, where Sir Bobby Robson was manager.
For more information about Tony’s Smeg John O’Groats to Land’s End’s Endurance Challenge, visit www.tonythefridge.com and on Twitter through @tony_the_fridge.
To make a donation, visit Tony’s Sir Bobby Robson Foundation Justgiving site here, or text ‘FRID93 £5’ to 70070.