Runners not put off by rain

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RUNNERS braved the weekend’s wet and cold weather to support a Northampton charity which helps sufferers of child abuse.

The Race to End Child Abuse 5km run took place at the Racecourse in Northampton on Saturday, to raise funds for the Truth and Hope charity.

Just under 30 people took part in the annual event – which included running a lap and three quarters of the park – and raised about £1,500.

Founder of the charity, Emma Clarke, who started Truth and Hope in 2010, said the funds would be used to send child abuse sufferers to free therapy sessions and healing workshops.

She said: “We want to help victims of child abuse.

“There are not many resources out there to help sufferers so we want to do whatever we can for them.”

She added: “We’re so grateful of the support we’ve received and we really appreciate that people turned up and braved the bad weather conditions. The money will make a huge difference to the charity.”

Last year’s event, which saw 60 people complete the course and raised more than £2,500, funded the charity’s second annual child protection rally in Trafalgar Square.

The charity has a second sponsored run planned in London on May 27 to raise more funds.

Miss Clarke said: “As a charity, the idea is that we affiliate with other grass roots organisations that provide services to sufferers of child abuse.

“Sufferers often can’t afford to pay high prices for therapy themselves, but they would really benefit from the treatment so we want to be able to provide it for them.”

She added: “We hope that in the future we can train our own councillors and offer a centre which provides free therapy for sufferers.”

For more details about the charity or to take part in the even in London visit www.truthandhope.co.uk