Test yourself running through the streets, out into the countryside and finishing the Northampton half marathon in the shadow of Delapre Abbey whilst raising money for children with disabilities.
The race starts at the Guildhall on Sunday September 6, taking a tour of the town before heading into picturesque countryside. Newlife is appealing for as many people as possible to run for them and guarantees that every penny raised will be spent on under-19s in Northamptonshire. Runners pledging to raise a minimum of £100 for Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children will not have to pay an entry fee.
Special disability equipment including wheelchairs, walkers, beds, seating and communication aids can help give children independence, keep them safe, relieve pain and overcome challenges. For instance, you could help a child be discharged from hospital, take their first steps or kick a football with their friends.
When Statutory Services are not able to help Newlife often steps in and the recently launched Newlife Northamptonshire Fund, www.newlifecharity.co.uk/northamptonshire, is currently looking to raise £4,376 to help 6 local families. So far £200,306 has been spent on 160 children in the area.
You can help children like eight-year-old, Chloe Gordon, who is able to sleep in safety, thanks to provision of a portable specialist sleeping environment. Chloe, from Northampton, has Cerebral Palsy, learning disabilities and sensory processing difficulties and is in danger of hurting herself when she gets frustrated. Thanks to Newlife providing over £3,000 for a SafeSpace, the Gordon’s can now visit family and friends for overnight stays.
The Northampton Half Marathon gives you the rare opportunity of combining city centre running and racing through quiet country lanes. The course will be measured by the Association of UK Course Measurers and comply with all UKA standards.
Finishers will receive a free commemorative top and medal along with a finishers photograph.
“I would like to encourage as many people as possible to take part,” said Newlife Deputy Community Fundraising Manager, Philippa Gregory.
“People who are committed to raising money are the key to us continuing to be able to support vulnerable families, as the demand on Newlife equipment services increases.”
If you would like to run the Northampton Half Marathon for Newlife, telephone the community fundraising team on 0800 988 4640 (free from UK mobiles and landlines) or click on https://gobeyondsport.co.uk/NHM_Newlife_Page
For more information about Newlife’s fundraising in the area click on to www.newlifecharity.co.uk/northamptonshire
Pictured: Chloe Gordon