Branscombe woman takes on daily 10km challenge for cancer charity
A woman from East Devon is taking on a daily 10km challenge this May to raise money for the cancer support charity she works for.
Paula Hargadon, 45, from Branscombe will be walking 10km a day as part of Dimbleby Cancer Care’s Every Day in May sports challenge. She is attempting to raise £310 for the charity.
Organised by fitnaturally, Every Day in May is a sporting challenge that aims to raise money for Dimbleby Cancer Care. Participants cover 5km or 10km, every day during the month of May, by any self-powered means – so anything from walking, running, swimming, cycling and skating. It can be fitted into commutes or school runs, it doesn’t matter about location or time of day. It can even be split into two daily sessions. Paula has decided to walk every day.
This year marks the start of the 50th anniversary of the charity, which was set up in 1966 in memory of broadcaster Richard Dimbleby and is based at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals in London. It provides practical and psychological support to people living with cancer and to their families and carers. The charity is also developing a website resource to help people find care and support services nearest to them.
Paula, operations and administrations manager at Dimbleby Cancer Care said: “I have worked for the charity for a number of years now and it never fails to amaze me what a real difference it makes to those going through cancer. It not only offers emotional support but practical and financial advice too which means that you have that one less thing to have to worry about during treatment.
“I thought it would be an easy ask to ask my friends and family just to sponsor me £1 a day, and if I got 10 people to do this I’d reach my target! I have just moved to the area so I am looking forward to using the challenge as a chance to explore and walk on the beautiful cliffs.”
Every Day in May is a global sports challenge with people all over the world taking part. In 2015 the event covered 7,398 kilometres, with sessions taking place in the UK and the USA as well as in Europe.
Joining the challenge is easy, participants just log their sessions each day on the event’s website and the tally of kilometres covered is updated. The total distances involved are 192.5 miles for the 10km challenge and 96.2 miles for the 5km challenge. That’s about seven and a half (or three and a half) marathons in a month, although the miles do not necessarily have to be run!
All the money raised will go towards the charity’s ‘Care for the Future’ appeal, which aims to raise £500,000 by the end of 2016 so that it can continue and expand its work within the cancer community.
Robin Pritchard, director at Dimbleby Cancer Care added: “There’s still time to sign up for this year. By joining us in this challenge you can help to raise vital funds so that those going through cancer treatment don’t have to do it alone and can be supported by our services. We’re also developing a website resource at the moment that will help people find care and support services nearest to them.”
To support Paula in her challenge, visit https://www.justgiving.com/Paula-Hargadon
For more information or to sign up and take part, visit http://www.fitnaturally.co.uk/every-day-in-may/
(from a press release)