Challenge to make the 2015 Leeds Abbey Dash

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A Leeds charity is challenging people to get running to raise at least £40 each to mark its ruby anniversary.

Age UK Leeds has launched the 40x40x40 challenge, calling on groups of least 40 to take part in the YEP-backed Abbey Dash on November 15 and help continue the charity’s 40 years of work.

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This year will be the 30th Age UK Abbey Dash. David Jorysz, director of resources for the charity, said: “With so much to celebrate we want to make the Leeds Abbey Dash a really special occasion for us with 40 or more friends and supporters running – or jogging or even walking – the race and being visible in the city.”

Age UK Leeds works with older people in Leeds to provide social care services such as the Hospital to Home project, that helps older people to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible.

But there are also services to improve people’s quality of life, like the Silver Surfers IT classes.

And there are opportunities for people of all ages to volunteer and play an active part in communities.

Mr Jorysz added: “As we all live longer, and the pressure on health and social care services increase, there is big demand for what we do.

“Every runner who raises just £40 means we are able to help five more people with information and advice or run an activity session, like Zumba, for 12 people.”

The 10km Abbey Dash, from the city centre out to Kirkstall Abbey and back, is popular with keen runners but is also suitable for beginners.

To take part go to the charity’s website www.ageuk.org.uk

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