SHOP Direct’s McKenzie Madison is set to travel to Israel on 17th March to take part in one of many gruelling marathons to raise money for Claire House Children’s Hospice. The money raised will go towards the £400,000 target set by Shop Direct as part of its charity partnership with the hospice. McKenzie began running after losing his nephew Oliver, in October 2015. He is now planning on taking on seven challenges around the world to help support the charity, which provides desperately needed support to seriously and terminally ill children and their families. “Losing my nephew taught me that no matter how small a person or how short a life, you have the ability to touch the hearts of others and have an impact upon them. So I chose to run, run for others giving what I can along the way,” said McKenzie. McKenzie, 25, who completed the Hong Kong Chartered Marathon in February will take part in the Jerusalem Marathon in Israel, before returning to the UK for the Manchester Marathon and the 31-mile Brecon Beacons Ultra. He’ll follow this with the Inca Trail Marathon at Machu Picchu in Peru, reputed to be one of the world’s toughest marathons with an average completion time of more than 12 hours. McKenzie will then participate in the Loch Ness marathon in September, before completing his final challenge in November, which includes a four-week trek to Mount Everest base camp, followed by the world’s highest marathon. Claire House fundraiser Sophie Chilvers said: “We’re so grateful to McKenzie for taking on these epic challenges to help raise vital funds for Claire House Children’s Hospice. We can’t wait to follow his progress on this amazing journey. The money raised will help us reach more children who desperately need our support.” The money raised by Shop Direct, which operates brands including Very.co.uk and Littlewoods.com, will help to digitally equip the new Claire House site in Liverpool. Shop Direct will also provide industry-leading digital knowledge and form a new innovation board with Claire House to help define what the world class digital site will look like and deliver plans that create a lasting legacy for the North West.