Cannock based Briggs Equipment has pledged to match fundraising from one of its employees who is set to take part in six races in six months – clocking up almost 60 kilometres – as she raises money for Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children.
Rose Langley, an Accounts Assistant with Briggs for the past four years, started running as a way to get fit, but after Briggs nominated Newlife as its charity of the year for 2017, she decided to get involved in fundraising and help raise awareness of the charity at the same time.
The first race Rose is tackling is the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10k Run on April 30 – followed by events in May, June, July, August and finishing with the Decathlon 5k at Sandwell Valley on October 7. Rose hopes to raise £500 herself from sponsorship across all six races, which would then be matched by Briggs to bring the total to £1,000.
Rose, from Shelfield in Walsall said: “Being able to raise £1,000 for Newlife would be fantastic. I’m feeling confident, I’m doing a lot of training and running 5-6k is now easily manageable.
“Any child and their family might need help from Newlife at any point and as a new mum to Scarlett who is 18-months-old, the work Newlife does now feels much closer to home – I can imagine myself in their shoes. If I can help a family or a little one then I will.
“Initially I was only going to run in one event to help fundraise, but I want to help as much as possible, so I thought if people see how much effort I am willing to put in then they might feel it’s worth donating a few pounds.”
To boost the fundraising total, Rose and Briggs’ colleague Angela Smith have also organised a fundraising car boot sale on April 23, taking place at Muckley Corner, Lichfield, with a variety of goods donated by staff at Briggs Equipment.
Rose added: “I’m really excited to be trying to help and doing what I can.”
To meet current applications for vital specialist equipment, Newlife needs more than £8,000 a day – every day. With continued budget cuts in the statutory sector and an increasing number of children with disabilities, Newlife is aware that without public support Newlife will not be able to assist all those families who look to them for essential help.
Newlife Head of Community Fundraising and Appeals, Nora Smith, said: “We are thrilled that Briggs has nominated us as its charity of the year and overwhelmed at Rose’s dedication to raising funds in this way. Every single penny counts and her fundraising will directly impact on the lives of disabled and terminally ill children across the UK- which will make a huge difference to their everyday lives. We wish her the best of luck.”
Anyone who would like to support Rose’s fundraising for Newlife can donate at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Rosemary-Langley
Pictured: Rose Langley