A care worker is planning on making 2015 a short year.
Shaun Tuohy, who works with autistic adults at Autism UK’s care home near Ashby de La Launde, is planning to wear shorts for an entire year, starting on January 1.
Calling the challenge Walking Proud, he is being sponsored for the Help for Heroes charity for wounded troops.
Shaun said: “At present we are sticking to shorts of any length or tightness.”
But he wants to leave the option open to wear a kilt or skirt or other garments above the knee for further fundraising opportunities.
A former Sleaford man, now living in Branston, the 25-year-old is no stranger to charity challenges, being part of a local fundraising group called Team Primal, but he is the only one willing to pledge to stick with this all year.
He described the personal reasons behind the charity he had chosen: “I know people who have lost limbs and my brother, Richard Roles, is still in the Army.”
Shaun, who also wants to raise awareness of the charity, added: “The vast majority of us don’t know the discomfort of having to live with cold or irritated legs and when these situations arise we complain and grumble. But our troops come home injured and without limbs still wearing a heart of gold and a smile as wide as the face it sits on.”
He readily admits it won’t be easy, saying: “It is going to be cold over the next few months as I’m usually in my garage at 5am weight training and often go night fishing as well. My wife thinks I’m crazy.”
Collection tins will be placed locally and you can donate online via www.bemy charity.com/shauntuohy or seek out his Walking Proud Facebook page.