Braving the cold to keep others warm

Liz Kershaw started the Age UK event
Liz Kershaw started the Age UK event

Hundreds of runners braved the cold to spread some warmth for Age UK at the weekend.

People turned up in their droves and walked, jogged or ran the 10k course on Sunday as part of the charity’s first ever Wrap Up and Run.

The massive crowd, made up of club, fancy dress and fun runners got into the party spirit before the race was started by BBC Radio presenter Liz Kershaw.

She also helped encourage the runners as they were warmed up by city based fitness club energie fitness.

Paul Farthing, fundraising director at Age UK, said: “We are delighted with the number of people who took part in our first-ever 10k in Milton Keynes. The city came to life as participants walked, jogged and ran the route, all to help support vulnerable older people.

“From novices to experienced runners, everyone had great fun and braved the weather to raise funds for older people locally, as well as supporting our national projects that change lives. We can’t thank everyone enough.”

The event was part of a national series of 2k and 10k events held throughout February and March. The money raised will go towards keeping thousands of elderly people warm in the winter months.

Jane Palmer, chief executive, from Age UK Milton Keynes said: “Winter can be a harrowing time for older people – things that many of us take for granted, such as keeping warm, can be really difficult for those in need during the colder months.

“Our services are a vital lifeline for local older people including home visits, home from hospital support and a handyperson service which carries out free energy assessments of people’s homes.

“Every donation made for the Wrap Up and Run event allows us to continue to help older people who rely on us and we’d like to thank everyone who has donated so far - it’s not too late to give so please get in touch.”

Supporters can still give to Age UK and donate £5 by texting ‘WRAP’ to 70004. People can also make a donation by calling 0800 169 87 87 or by visiting the website at www.spreadthewarmth.org.uk
For more about Age UK fundraising events, visit www.ageuk.org.uk/events