When the Great British 10k London Run gets underway on Sunday 14 July, Rosalind Evans from Pinner will not be alone when completing the course while raising funds for national charity The British Polio Fellowship, having talked one of her colleagues into joining her!
Rosalind has worked for the charity since 2007 and is no stranger to running having completed the race a few years ago. While an ankle injury kept her out of last year’s race, she was determined to take part this year and to persuade her colleagues new to running to join in the fun and fundraising.
“I do a lot of running anyway and I know a 10k is achievable with minimal training, so having missed out last year I was determined to make up for it this time around,” explained Rosalind. “I have to confess I talked Sarah (McHugh) into it this time as well, so at least I won’t be doing it alone!”
Rosalind manages The British Polio Fellowship’s Ron Scudamore Holiday Programme, a restricted fund specifically set up in 2007 enabling people to go on holiday that due to living with Polio may never have had the opportunity to do so, or have special needs that can make the cost prohibitive.
The British Polio Fellowship enjoys on-going support from the Scudamore family, who have had strong links with the charity over many years. Richard Scudamore is the Chief Executive of the Premier League and regularly offers his personal support for the charity’s fundraising activities, while Sir Bobby Charlton is still a patron of the charity.
“Holidays are something many of us take for granted, but for many with Polio they can represent a challenge too far and The British Polio Fellowship can help,” explained Rosalind. “The Ron Scudamore programme allows us to use our knowledge to help make a holiday of a lifetime possible for those who thought they could never have one, so it’s very rewarding work.”
Anyone wishing to support Rosalind in her fundraising efforts can do so by visiting her just giving page at: http://www.justgiving.com/Rosalind-Evans
Running a marathon can be a step too far for those like Ros and Sarah, who remain keen to get involved, so a 10k course is the perfect introduction to fun fundraising. The London 10k is a great way to take part in an organised race while raising money for charity.
By taking in many of the sights of London, it has that ‘London Marathon’ feel, while funds raised by Rosalind and Sarah will make a tangible difference to The British Polio Fellowship’s life changing work for the 120,000 people still living with Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) and its effects in the UK today.
The Great British 10k follows the iconic course used in the London 2012 Olympics. Starting on Piccadilly, Sarah and Ros will pass many of the capital’s most famous landmarks, including The Ritz, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, The London Eye, St’ Paul’s Cathedral and many more, before finishing on Whitehall.
“Ros and Sarah are great ambassadors for the charity and all of us wish them well for the big day and their fundraising efforts,” said Ted Hill MBE, CEO of The British Polio Fellowship. “They see first hand how the money raised on our behalf is ploughed back into helping those still living with Polio and with so many good causes out there it can be hard to get our voice heard. It is only through the efforts of people like Ros and Sarah that we can offer the ongoing support members depend on so much in their day to day lives.”
Among a sea of great causes, PPS can all too easily be forgotten. Sarah and Ros are taking the opportunity to take part in this prestigious event while doing something worthwhile for a vital cause.
If a 10k run is not enough, Ros and her son Connor also be took part in Team Splash, a star studded swimming event for the charity at Trinity School, Shirley Park, Croydon on Sunday 7 July, where they were rubbing shoulders with celebrities, former Crystal Palace and England footballers and some of Britain’s Paralympian heroes from the London Games. All a part of the activities arranged for this year’s British Polio Month in July.