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An enthusiastic runner from our Cheltenham branch is set to clock up a total of 100km, raising money for national disability charity Leonard Cheshire Disability.
Branch manager Steve Smith has already knocked 10km off his target by taking part in the Cheltenham Challenge, with a further nine 10km events planned in Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands, the next being the Worcester Go Dad Run taking place on Sunday 23rd July.
Leonard Cheshire is the official charity partner for Nurse Plus and branches across the UK are being supported and encouraged to take part in fundraising challenges.
Steve commented: “I was inspired by the story of how Leonard Cheshire Disability came to be after meeting with the team and residents who use the service. I found out what fundraising would be used for, such as being able to keep an evening and weekend driver to give independence to residents, and it was a no brainer.
“Originally I was going to just run the Cheltenham Challenge but with it being Leonard Cheshire’s one-hundredth birthday this year I thought I would link in with their 100 for 100 campaign and do 100km. For me, distance running is a big challenge and even though I play football, most of my mates would vouch that I don’t do much running!”
Pamela Bruce, Nurse Plus managing director, commented: “We are all very proud of Steve. This fundraising challenge shows dedication and commitment to helping us raise money for our chosen charity partner.
“We work closely with Leonard Cheshire through the healthcare services we provide, and we are very pleased to be able to extend this working relationship by providing valuable fundraising for the charity.”
Leonard Cheshire Disability is a charity supporting disabled people in the UK and around the world to fulfil their potential and live the lives they choose.
Many of Leonard Cheshire’s valuable services, such as Gloucestershire House in Cheltenham, share geographical locations with Nurse Plus branches, providing opportunities for local fundraising, as well as relationships, to develop.
A number of fundraising activities and events have been planned in other areas including walking the Great Wall of China, sky dives, bake sales and coffee mornings.