A mum from Leeds will be hitting the high notes this weekend at a fundraising event that combines her twin passions of running and country music.
Vicky Treherne, of Chapel Allerton, is being joined by a group of friends for a sponsored run around the countryside north of Leeds tomorrow to raise money for the Miscarriage Association.
Each of them will be listening to their own best-loved music on MP3 players, with Vicky running to a selection of songs recorded by Chip Esten, star of the Nashville TV show.
More than 80 of Vicky and husband Matthew’s other friends will be heading out for a walk or run to the sound of their favourite tunes elsewhere in the UK and in countries as far afield as Australia and Canada.
Vicky and Matthew have suffered the pain of miscarriage three times in the last two years and it was during this time that they became fans of Nashville.
“It’s more than just a TV show,” said Vicky, who works as a development manager at the University of Leeds.
“It’s the music which makes it special and music often takes the place of dialogue between characters.
“I suppose for me especially, that music became a way for me to have a dialogue with my own pain.”
All of those taking part this weekend will be tweeting pictures using the hashtag #StrutYourSongs.
Vicky is hoping their efforts will raise £3,000 to aid the Miscarriage Association’s two current development priorities.
One is giving focussed support to those who have suffered a miscarriage while the other is widening the use of the association’s e-learning resources by health professionals.
To back the fundraising, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/StrutYourSongs.