FUNDRAISING RUNNERS who pounded the pavements in last year’s Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash raised over £220,000 to help older people in Leeds and across the country.
And Lydia Curran, head of events at Age UK, is now urging people to sign up the YEP-backed 10k adult and 2k junior races this year to help make a difference to local older people.
She said: “We were thrilled to see so many sports stars and runners in the junior and main race pounding the pavements of Leeds and this year we’d like to raise even more with your help.”
Now in its 28th year, the Dash, which is sponsored by Jet2.com, is popular with fun-runners, celebrities and elite athletes.
Participants will be raising funds for Age UK’s annual Spread the Warmth campaign, which helps keep older people warm and well during the colder months.
Some of the money raised this year will also go towards delivering the befriending service offered by Age UK Leeds, which supports some of the most isolated and vulnerable older people in the city.
To get a head start in their fundraising, runners are being advised to set up a JustGiving page for donations, spread the word through social media or try an online sweepstake, like Guess2Give – where friends can give to Age UK and win money.
Runners will also get a sponsorship form and freepost envelope in their race pack.
Every £5 raised by runners could help pay for a home visit to an isolated older person.
A donation of £12 could pay for a home assessment to ensure an older person’s care needs are being met and £15 can buy a thick fleece to protect an older person from the cold weather.
With £20, an emergency food pack could be bought and £50 could buy a fan heater and guard to heat an older person’s home safely.
For more about the Dash on November 17, visit www.ageuk.org.uk/dash. For any enquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 169 87 87.