More than 150 people took to the scenic trails of Irchester Country Park in Wellingborough for the BAPS Charities Annual 10K Challenge on 11 May 2014.
Each year, BAPS Charities organises a fun and healthy charity event for individuals to unite as a community to support a worthy cause. At several towns and cities around the UK, around 4,000 enthusiastic men, women and children of all ages – ranging from toddlers through to senior citizens in their nineties – walk, jog and even run a distance of 10 kilometres to raise funds and awareness for a variety of good causes.
This year’s event partnered nationally with Diabetes UK, the leading charity that cares for, connects with and campaigns on behalf of every person affected by or at risk of diabetes – including the 3.8 million people in the UK that are currently diagnosed with the disease. In addition, BAPS Charities also raised funds for Cransley Hospice to support their good work in the local community.
The Challenge this year builds on 20 years of sponsored events. Previous national charity partners have included Macmillan Cancer Research, Barnardo’s, The Anthony Nolan Trust, The British Heart Foundation, Breast Cancer Care, Age UK, KIDS, as well as Diabetes UK.
The event kicked-off shortly after 1.00pm at Irchester Country Park, with the keen attendees raring to go.
After the opening ceremony, walkers, joggers and runners moved along the carefully mapped routes of the Park. In beautiful surroundings, the trails offer a number of challenging paths, testing the resolve of each participant.
Sarue Mistry completed the 10K challenge with her toddler son saying, “It was a wonderful day. Whilst the weather was not the best, it did not seem to dampen anyone’s spirits, as each step was taken for worthwhile causes. Everyone supported one another to the finish line in the same high spirits in which it was started!”
BAPS Charities volunteer Anil Patel added: “We have been very fortunate in the support we have been able to gather in raising funds for these very deserving charities. We would like to express our sincerest gratitude not only to each participant, but also the kind members of the community for their support and immense generosity.”
To learn more about the work of Diabetes UK, please click here.
For more information on Cransley Hospice, please visit www.cransleyhospice.org.uk.
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