The annual Great North Run is one of the major events of the fundraising calendar, and this year’s race cancellation has cost many charities vital funds.
But Catherine, who attends the social farm at Botton Village, didn’t want Camphill Village Trust to miss out. So when veteran runner Brendan Foster put out a call on TV for people to hold their own socially distanced virtual run, she was keen to sign up.
‘Catherine likes walking better than running,’ explains mum, Jackie. ‘We knew that she could manage the half marathon distance.
A team effort from all the family
Catherine’s sister Helen took charge of creating a JustGiving online fundraising page. With her mum and dad helping with the training and route planning (plus a high energy breakfast of pasta on the big day!), the family were well prepared to go the distance.
‘It was awesome!’ says Catherine. ‘My feet were hurting but I still ran across the finish line.
Online medal presentation
Catherine’s friends and family celebrated her achievement with her via Zoom. ‘My friends Amy and James were there, and Granny and Grandad too. I felt really proud.
The family has raised an amazing £1,500 in sponsorship.
Thank you to Catherine and family – and everyone who sponsored or supported you!