A man from Helston has signed up for a half marathon to raise money for the National Trust in his granddad’s memory.

Simon Powell, 32, only started running in October after the death of his granddad Anthony James Powell in September.

Falmouth Packet: Simon PowellSimon Powell (Image: Simon Powell)

Although Anthony didn’t live in Cornwall, he was fond of the Duchy. He visited regularly and enjoyed camping at National Trust sites, becoming a part of the camping committee in Newquay.

He was also awarded several awards for his volunteer work.

After Anthony’s death, Simon found running a way to clear his head and helped with the grieving process of his granddad. 

With his granddad’s fondness for the National Trust sites in mind, Simon has decided to sign up for the Falmouth Half Marathon on Sunday, March 12.

Falmouth Packet: Simon's grandad, Anthony James Powell Simon's grandad, Anthony James Powell (Image: Simon Powell)

The father-of-three hopes to reach his £1,000 target before then.

He said: “It would mean a lot to my granddad, and our family. Any donations would be much appreciated.”

Donations can be made via www.justgiving.com/fundraising/simon-powell

Simon’s dad Lee ‘Cozy’ Powell said: “Dad would spend many weekends running sites clearing woodlands and returning them back to good health whilst teaching and training people along the way.

“Unfortunately, illness eventually forced him to give up the work he loved so much.”

Falmouth Packet: Anthony and his childrenAnthony and his children (Image: Simon Powell)

He added: “I know he would be as proud as I am to see his grandson Simon getting up and motivated to run a half marathon, then to do it for the National Trust - something he himself was so proud to support.

“Simon has got all the family behind him."