Well done to our Fubhub members, Anne Hurcombe, Sue France, Michelle Charnock, Jackie Salt and Lynsey Edwards who joined in with Wigan 10k on Sunday 3rd September to support some very worthwhile causes. Including local charities, Joining Jack, Wigan Youth Zone, The Brick and Sepsis Trust.
My running journey started about 6 months ago to support a chairty very close to my heart, The Sepsis Trust. My friend and unofficial running coach Stuart tragically lost his son, Thomas in 2015 to this terrible condition. Stuart has supported my running from the couch to 5K app right up to the Wigan 10K and now in Thomas’s name I now run.
I made a vow that I would raise £1000 to support the Sepsis Trust who work tirelessly to save lives and improve the outcomes for survivors of the condition across the UK through instigating political change, educating healthcare professionals, raising public awareness and providing support for those affected by this devastating condition. Running the Wigan 10K was just the start of my fundraising and I aim to continue this work long into the future. I raised £210 before the event and the donations are still coming in.
On the day I managed to speak on the microphone at the finish line, when I got my breath back to say a few words, I was so pleased to have the opportunity to do this. I will reach my £1000 target over the next few months with the support of my fantastic family and friends, I have another 10K run already booked in September. I want to raise as much awareness as possible about the condition, for more information on how you can help or to donate on line, please visit https://sepsistrust.org/
Joining Jack is a local charity I’m very passionate about raising money for, there is nothing I wouldn’t do to change Jacks future. When I received a message from a close friend telling me her son had been diagnosed with Duchene Muscular Dystrophy I wasn’t sure what it meant. When I researched the condition I was shocked and heartbroken to know there was such a horrid disease with no cure.
Joining Jack was set up to raise awareness and money for research into treatments. I have taken part in many fundraising events, physical challenges as well as photographing events and will continue to do so.
Running was never at the top of my list of something I wanted to do I’m not a naturally fit person but I’ve learned over the last few years that I do like a challenge. So completing a 10k or half marathon is nothing in comparison to the challenges my little friend Jack and his family face on a daily basis. What Alex & Andy have achieved in the 5 years the charity has been running is phenomenal as well as funding multiple clinical trials, they have also merged with another charity to form Duchenne UK as well as holding annual flagship events including the Wigan 10k.
On sunday I completed my 4th wigan 10k, the atmosphere on that day is always incredible, it brings out my emotions, makes me proud of the town for standing by jacks side and proud of Jack and his amazing family for their sheer determination to win this battle.
Please visit joiningjack.org if there is anything you can do to help.
Without place like the Wigan Youth Zone our next generation would not be given the opportunities that are offered for just 50p a visit. To make it sustainable and affordable for the children of Wigan I want to help fundraise. Places like the Wigan Youth Zone are proven to cut crime and being offered experiences in sport, music, dance, crafts, out door pursuits, enterprise schemes can inspire and open up a whole new world of opportunities to set them up in life for a happy and fulfilling future. Help me help the children of Wigan. There are about 20 other Youth Zones around the country with hopes for a 100 in the future.
Please visit my Just Giving page to pledge your support.