A Dons Local volunteer has set himself the challenge to run 30k within three days in line with his 30th Birthday.

Usaama Kaweesa, 29, from Phipps Bridge, has decided to run 10km a day during his daily exercise to raise money for Merton Giving.

The Mitcham resident plans to run every day at noon, around the same time he was born, on the days leading up to his birthday, on May 16.

He hopes the fundraiser will provide support to elderly residents and children in need across Merton.

Speaking to Wimbledon Times, Usaama Kaweesa said: "With every volunteer shift I do with Dons Local Action Group, I’m always humbled by the capacity of the good people of Mitcham to give what food they can to our most vulnerable residents.

"Now Mitcham is not a wealthy area, but if they can summon the kindness and generosity to do that, how can the rest of us do any less? How can I do any less?

"That's why I've decided to celebrate my 30th Birthday by raising money for Merton Giving.

"I know it's a small gesture, but if these funds can help deliver a food parcel to a vulnerable neighbour or help a child access their education from home, then it'll be worth it.

"I feel it’s important we highlight the positives even at a time like this when so many people are facing difficulties.

" It can serve as a reminder that even in the most challenging circumstances there’s always something we can do to look out for each other.

"I hope this run will inspire others to consider celebrating their birthdays by doing their very own birthday run for Merton.

"Especially in a year which also marks the 55th anniversary of the creation of our borough."

To follow Usaama's birthday run, search #BDayRunForMerton.

Donations reached £340 out of the targeted £1000 at the time of publishing.

To donate visit at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bdayrunformerton