Ex footballer, Luke Staton, is running his first ultra-marathon this September to raise money for UK charity supporting children living with a disability, serious illness, or life-limiting condition.  

Luke Staton started life as a professional football player working alongside the likes of Kenny Dalglish and Sam Allardyce after his debut with Bolton Wanderers at the tender age of 19. This is where his passion started in how to get the best from others.

Now a motivational speak, he dedicates his life to inspiring others to achieve greatness. His passion is firmly in helping people go from where they are now, to where they want to be and has now worked with over 60,000 young people since 2015.

His next challenge is taking on his biggest challenge yet to raise as much awareness and funds as possible for UK Charity, Dreams Come True.

He says: “Sport brought me opportunities to see the world, of which my environment and family circumstances, would have never been able to show me. So here I am, doing all I can, by running a 100-mile ultramarathon.

I hope to create a magical moment. To leave a child with a lasting memory, that forever…the memory we create for them will be what will live on forever within them and all of you that join me.”

Dreams Come True is UK children's charity with a mission to enrich the lives of children living with a disability, serious illness, or life-limiting condition by making their dreams come true.  They are the only UK wish granting charity that solely focuses on supporting children living in the highest areas of deprivation.

Whether that is a break for a young cancer patient or adapted technology for a school class with addition needs, their Dreams create moments of magic with lasting impact and are personal to each child they work with – as well as their families, friends, carers, and communities. 

Fundraising Manager at Dreams Come True, Emma Russ, says: “We couldn’t be more grateful to people like Luke, who dedicate so much time and passion to helping us achieve our mission. This year we hope to deliver over 130 dreams to children who need them most, if you are able, please donate and help us get there!”