Two Ness charities are to benefit from the fundraising efforts of Charles Young of 7 Fivepenny who will be competing in two Half Marathons, namely the Great North Run from Newcastle to South Shields on the 9th September and the Great Scottish Run in Glasgow on the 30th September. The money raised will be split equally between CEN and Eoropie Dunes Playpark.
Charles said “I enjoy running and run all year round and each year I choose a charity to fundraise in support of their good work. Since moving to Ness, I have been immensely impressed by the work and commitment to the local community of the staff and volunteers of CEN and Eoropie Dunes Playpark. Both charities are jewels in the crown not just of Ness but of Lewis and Harris because people come from far and wide to use and benefit from their excellent facilities. I hope the local community join with me in supporting the good work of these two worthwhile charities”.
The photo shows Charles with his German Shephard named Cuilean. Charles said “Cuilean is an important part of my training whether it’s running or walking along Eoropie beach and over the dunes and machair. She enjoys going round the Butt, even in all types of weather! Cuilean loves the outdoor exercise and her obedient good behaviour makes it a pleasure to take her with me”.
Donna Dorris on behalf of CEN said “We are grateful to Charles for choosing us and supporting our work for the benefit of the local community. The money raised will go towards the ongoing renovations of Comunn Eachdraidh Nis. We wish Charles every success in his two runs”.
Shona Morrison on behalf of Eoropie Dunes Playpark said “It’s great that Charles has acknowledged that the playpark is important to the local community. The money raised will go towards the cost of the build of a toilet in the play park and towards the upgrade of the entrance path to make the park more accessible for wheelchairs and prams. We would like to thank Charles for supporting our work and hope he enjoys his two runs ”.
How to donate: A Virgin Money Giving page has been set up http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/charlesrunsforness and sponsorship forms will be available in local shops and businesses from Port of Ness to Barvas.
Both Half Marathons will be shown live on television by the BBC. The Great North Run is the largest Half Marathon in the world with approximately 45,000 runners. Around 15,000 runners will take part in the Great Scottish Run. You’ll therefore need to look very carefully to spot Charles!