Half marathon through streets of Northampton and countryside will raise charity cash

Chloe Gordon from Northampton who has been helped by the Newlife charity
Chloe Gordon from Northampton who has been helped by the Newlife charity

A half marathon will take place through the streets of Northampton and into the countryside, finishing at Delapre Abbey later this year and a charity is appealing for people to run for them.

The race starts at the Guildhall on Sunday, September 6, taking a tour of the town before heading into the countryside.

The Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children is appealing for as many people as possible to run for them. The charity says it guarantees that every penny raised will be spent on under-19s in Northamptonshire. Runners pledging to raise a minimum of £100 for Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children will not have to pay an entry fee.

The charity provides special disability equipment including wheelchairs, walkers, beds, seating and communication aids that can help give children independence, keep them safe, relieve pain and overcome challenges. For instance, money raised from the half marathon could help a child be discharged from hospital, take their first steps or kick a football with their friends.

When Statutory Services are not able to help Newlife often steps in and the recently launched Newlife Northamptonshire Fund, www.newlifecharity.co.uk/northamptonshire, is currently looking to raise £4,376 to help six local families. So far £200,306 has been spent on 160 children in the area.

One of the children helped by Newlife is eight-year-old, Chloe Gordon, who is able to sleep in safety, thanks to provision of a portable specialist sleeping environment. Chloe, from Northampton, has cerebral palsy, learning disabilities and sensory processing difficulties and is in danger of hurting herself when she gets frustrated. Thanks to Newlife providing over £3,000 for a SafeSpace, the Gordons can now visit family and friends for overnight stays.

The Northampton Half Marathon is a chance to combine city centre running and racing through quiet country lanes. The course will be measured by the Association of UK Course Measurers and comply with all UKA standards.

Finishers will receive a free commemorative top and medal along with a finisher’s photograph.

Newlife deputy community fundraising manager, Philippa Gregory, said: “I would like to encourage as many people as possible to take part. People who are committed to raising money are the key to us continuing to be able to support vulnerable families, as the demand on Newlife equipment services increases.”

Anyone who would like to run the Northampton Half Marathon for Newlife, can telephone the community fundraising team on 0800 988 4640 (free from UK mobiles and landlines) or click on http://gobeyondsport.co.uk/NHM_Newlife_Page

For more information about Newlife’s fundraising in the area click on to www.newlifecharity.co.uk/northamptonshire