While most people would take it easy for their 40th birthday, Ruth Dunstan has decided to launch a year-long fund-raising challenge with 40 friends.
The mental health therapist from Belton Lane and active member of Grantham Running Club, has come up with her ‘Ruthsfab40’ charity challenge to complete various races and other events, in order to raise money for Mind, Combat Stress, Barnardo’s and Grantham Home Start.
Ruth explained: “I wanted to do something for these great charities and I thought that if 40 people got involved during the first 40 weeks of this year then we could raise a lot of money together.”
Her experience in helping those suffering from mental health has largely directed her decision in the chosen causes, having seen first-hand the difference they can make to patient’s lives, while she is also aware of the importance of the local Home Start to many families in the area.
Among the events Ruth and her supporters are taking part in this year are the St Valentine’s 30k race at Stamford, the Manchester marathon, the Equinox 24 at Belvoir Castle, and both the Grantham and Woodhall Spa triathlons.
To accomplish this she has enlisted the help of 40 ‘friends’, comprising both individuals and groups, who each aim to raise at least £100 to ensure that they collect in the region of £4000 to be divided between the charities.
Of course many of those involved are hoping to far surpass this target, including Chris and Michelle England.
A fellow member of the running club, Chris was all too happy to join the fundraising initiative. “It’s a great idea. Everyone’s a winner with a challenge like this.”
Ruth has created a website with details of the challenge and its participants, at www.ruthsfab40.co.uk as well as a Just Giving page where you can donate www.justgiving.com/teams/RuthsFab40