Race Team Alfie: Raising Money for CLIC Sargent
Wollaton Park in Nottingham was filled with supporters of 'Team Alfie' on 13th Sept. for a 5m race and 2km fun run, all in aid of the CLIC Sargent charity.
Sep 29, 2015
On Sunday 13th September family, friends and supporters of ‘Team Alfie’ gathered in Wollaton Park, Nottingham to participate in a 5 mile race and a 2km fun run to raise money for CLIC Sargent, the UK-wide children’s cancer charity.
With many of Alfie’s family and friends, plus a team from Sandicliffe donning their running shoes – some even in fancy dress – the event was a great success. The support team handed out bottles of water and cheered the runners on around the course and at the finish line.
Whilst the event was a great deal of fun, the most important motivation behind it was to raise as much money as possible for CLIC Sargent. The children’s cancer charity is very close to the heart of race organiser, Jane Millichip Scattergood.
Jane’s [email protected] challenge
Jane turned 50 last September and decided to mark this milestone by running the first of 50 races over a 12 month period. The races varied in length from 5 miles to half marathons, with Wollaton Park being her final race.
Her motivation? In 2014 a close friend’s seven year old son Alfie was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. Over the past year, Alfie has fought through to the maintenance stage of his treatment, with continuous family support from CLIC Sargent. It was this support through difficult times that inspired Jane to set her [email protected] challenge for ‘Team Alfie’, to give something back to the charity.
Jane gathered donations through her Run Team Alfie Facebook page JustGiving.com, while also securing sponsorship from a number of local businesses in the Nottingham and the East Midlands. Her combined efforts on social media and in the local community has raised £4,516 for CLIC Sargent in total!
On the day at Wollaton Park, a medal was given to everyone who passed the finish-line, there was a prize for best fancy dress costume and many people stayed to enjoy the atmosphere with picnics. The day ended on a definite high and also with good timing for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (which ends on 30th September).
Jane left a message thanking everyone who helped her throughout the [email protected] challenge:
“My event could not have taken place without the help of sponsors, volunteers, marshals and the team of people there early on the day setting out the course. The event was a great success. The atmosphere was electric with both kids and adults taking part in the fun run, making it a brilliant family day out. The event itself raised £1,826 for CLIC Sargent but it also encouraged people to sponsor me on my JustGiving page.”
If you would like to donate money towards Jane’s JustGiving page, click here. Or to donate directly to CLIC Sargent, click here.