RUNNERS, walkers and wheelchair users across the country spent the month of April competing in a nationwide event in aid of a Hertfordshire-based charity.
More than 250 people came together to take part in the Share the Love event, which involved covering 10k in their own time by their chosen physical activity.
Places for the challenge sold out in just 72 hours and raised more than £1,200 initially for the Rooprai Spinal Trust (RST) charity. Hertfordshire based law firm David Barney & Co also donated £2,500 to the cause.
Founded in 2005, the RST supports paralysed individuals by providing them with life-changing physiotherapy and aiding the research world in its quest to reverse paralysis and improve the quality of life for those with a spinal cord injury.
The 10k event was organised by ‘Running Mr Jones’, otherwise known as Alistair Jones, who is an award-winning author and blogger on running. Alistair and his partner Rav Billian are both long-term RST supporters.
“I became aware of the Rooprai Spinal Trust and the incredible work they do a few years ago. Since then, the ‘Running Mr Jones’ team has been looking for an opportunity to raise funds for the amazing organisation that has helped so many people.
“Share The Love seemed to capture the message beautifully, and the response has blown me away. Not only did we raise money, but a lot of fun was had by all those who took part. We’re amazed and so deeply grateful at how generous everyone has been.”
Marrianne Rooprai, who launched the RST after a car accident in 2004 that left her paralysed from the shoulders down, also took part in the challenge.
Always determined to go above and beyond, she decided to complete the 10k event on a treadmill using an assisted harness.
“To know there are people out there running, walking and rolling for our charity was enormously heart-warming, and I knew I had to do something impressive to inspire others. That’s why I decided to physically push myself by using the assisted harness and use the treadmill.
“Some days, it was pretty punishing and very tiring, but I only had to look on social media to see how dedicated everyone else was and that spurred me on.
“To say we’re grateful to Alistair and Rav for their commitment and fundraising is an understatement. Their passion for the RST is incredible and infectious, which is how I think they managed to get so many people to take part.”
Last year Marrianne was included on the Shaw Trust Power 100 list, which is a register of the most influential disabled people in the UK. The charity is already planning ‘Share The Love II’ for the autumn. For those who want to register ahead of the event, please visit: https://runningmrjones.com/.
For more information about the charity, please visit: http://www.rstrust.com/.