The first challenge in a group fund-raising initiative, launched by a Grantham woman to coincide with her 40th birthday, was completed on Sunday.
Running together at the annual St Valentine’s 30k race in Stamford, was Ruth Dunstan and her fellow ‘Ruthsfab40’ charity challenge participants, Wendy and Marc Tremain, Wendy Hobson and Nikki Carr.
Together they are fund-raising for Mind, Combat Stress, Barnardo’s and Grantham Home Start, after Ruth from Belton Lane had the idea to enlist 40 friends in her 40th year to collect as much money as possible for the four causes.
“It went really well,” Ruth said after completing the run. “It was really hard though as an undulating and testing route.”
Like Ruth, many of those involved in the charity challenge are members of Grantham Running Club, who plan to take part in as many fund-raising runs this year as possible.
These include 61-year-old Paul Durham from Lime Grove, Grantham, who this weekend will be taking on an obstacle course near Melton Mowbray known as The Beast, and then do 10k every day for 40 days, before tackling Leicestershire’s Farmageddon and The Great North Run.
The four charities were selected by Ruth, who as a mental health therapist with 20 years experience, knows the difference they can make to people’s lives.
She explains: “With our pressures and demands we don’t always have the time to reach out and help. However we can support these four amazing charities which directly and indirectly improve and save the lives of so many people.”
The aim of ‘Ruthsfab40’ was for each of the 40 participants to raise £100 each, but with £550 already collected by the group to date it looks like they are well on their way to exceeding this target.
Ruth has created a website with details of the challenge and those involved, at www.ruthsfab40.co.uk
There is also a Just Giving page where you can donate at www.justgiving.com/teams/RuthsFab40