CORONAVIRUS continues to have a major impact on charities, with many understandably concerned that the events they rely upon so much to raise vital funds are in short supply.
But for one local woman, there are no lengths – quite literally – to which she will not go to raise as much money as possible for her chosen charity.
Dukinfield resident Jennifer Price has set herself a monumental task of running 100 kilometres throughout October in support of Breast Cancer Now.
Formed in 2015, it is the UK’s largest breast cancer charity that is steered by world-class research and powered by life-changing care. It supports anyone affected by breast cancer from start to finish.
It is no coincidence that Jennifer, 44, has chosen Breast Cancer Awareness Month to complete her challenge as she explained: “This is actually something that’s going on nationally in October.
“I like to give myself a significant fitness test every now and again. I’ve not been to the gym since before lockdown, so I’ve been doing a lot of exercise at home.
“I saw a post in one of my Facebook groups about the 100km challenge and I just felt compelled to get involved to help raise money for a really good cause.
“There’s nothing sinister or dramatic about me wanting to do this. Touch wood, nobody in my family has breast cancer but it is something I’m conscious of and sadly it does affect a lot of people.
“If I can raise even a small amount to donate to the work that Breast Cancer Now are doing, and if that donation can help even one person, then it will all have been worth it.”
Throughout October, mum-of-two Jennifer plans to run 25K each week, two 10K and one 5K route.
She said: “I work full time and I have my family to look after, so it’s easier for me to do three long runs than say 3.5km each day. I think that would be a bit too much!
“My boys Alfie and Benjamin do a lot of extracurricular activities and they will be running the 5K each week with me as part of their fitness, but they do enjoy it!
“I’ve planned out the routes I want to follow. Since lockdown, I’ve found quite a few nice places around Godley, Stalybridge and Hyde where I’ll be running.
“So far, I’ve raised about £50 of a £150 target, but I would love to be able to reach £500 if I can.”
If you would like to donate towards Jennifer’s fundraising efforts, you can do so via her official Facebook Fundraiser.
Alternatively, you can speak to her directly at the Stalybridge Unitarian Church Young People’s Group which meets at 11am on Sundays.