Gravesend man raising money in memory of his childhood friend

PUBLISHED: 14:48 26 April 2016 | UPDATED: 14:49 26 April 2016

Elliot Reid

Elliot Reid


Ben Johnson died of leukaemia when he was 17

A Gravesend business owner is raising money in memory of his childhood friend by putting himself through a series of challenges.

Elliott Reid runs 13 miles every year to remember the time he and his friend Ben ran the same distance from Gravesend to Bluewater and back, when they were in their early teens.

But this year the owner of a local fitness centre will be putting himself through a series of challenges to raise money for his friend, who died seven years ago.

Ben Johnson died 10 days after his 17th birthday after his spleen burst as he bent down to tie his shoe laces.

It was revealed that his spleen had swollen as it tried to fight the effects of leukaemia.

Now 24, Mr Reid is raising money through a range of events to fight the disease that took his friend.

He said: “I wanted to raise £1,000 in four weeks, I’m two weeks in and we’ve already raised £1,100.”

As well as the 130mile run and climbing Britain’s three tallest peaks in just 24 hours, the owner of Revitalize is also inviting clients and sponsors to give him another challenge.

He explained: “Some are based on exercise, I’ve had to spa five people in five minutes with one hand tied behind my back, I’ve a go at pole dancing as well and been waxed.”

The 24-year-old osteopath first opened his business when he was just 21-year-old.

He said: “I decided to do a bit more this year as I thought the time was right, I have a lot of customers that want to see me sweat.

“I still have events to do, like answering three trivia questions while sitting in an ice bath.”

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