IT was a case of survival of the fittest for runner Craig Summers when he took on a 12km obstacle course to raise money for victims of sexual assault.
Craig, from Bedford, took on the Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest Course in Nottingham on Saturday, October 8 in aid of Milton Keynes Sexual Assault Support Service (MK SASS).
He completed the course in one hour 20 minutes and will be donating an estimated £500 in sponsorship money to the charity, which is one of the key services operated by the MK City Counselling Centre (CCC).
Craig decided to support SASS after a friend – a victim of sexual assault in a past relationship – was unable to find an organisation to help her.
“We looked everywhere for help, as far as Cambridge and beyond”, said Craig.
“We called Rape Crisis twice, but they didn’t call back.”
It was later on that the couple discovered the existence of SASS.
Craig said: “This is the only charity we could find offering support for victims of sexual assault.
“Running this race was the best way I could think of to support such a valuable service, which offers help to both men and women.
“It hurt a lot, but I’m glad to have raised the money.”
Speaking for the City Counselling Centre, SASS Project Lead Ela Hart said “We are really touched by this gesture and very grateful for Craig’s contribution, as every penny we can raise for the CCC and its services helps in these difficult times.”
You can donate to the MK SASS and the City Counselling Centre via Vodafone JustTextGiving.
Just text ‘MKCC20’ followed by ‘£(your donation)’ to 70070. Your donation will help the CCC and SASS to keep on listening.