Prudhoe Plodders clock up the distance – and pounds – for St Oswald’s!
A North East running club took on a 5k challenge for their local hospice during May, raising an incredible £525! The idea came from Vice Chair of the club, Lisa Napier, who spotted the national ‘5K May’ campaign advertised on St Oswald’s Facebook page.
Lisa had recently experienced the care that St Oswald’s provided first-hand, as her mum, June, spent time on the hospice’s Inpatient Unit before she sadly passed away there in July last year
“When I saw the May 5K challenge, I knew I had to get the club involved. We are a very tight knit group and everyone knows how close to my heart the hospice is, after the care Mum received last year.
Mum went in for respite care initially. It was during lockdown last year, and I was just blown away by the incredible care she received. She was treated like a queen, pampered with hair and nail treatments, enjoyed time in the jacuzzi bath and was just made to feel very special. Mum loved being the centre of attention, so she was in her element. The staff couldn’t have done more for her. My brother, dad and I were so grateful that she was being looked after so well. It was a huge weight off our minds at a difficult time. Knowing she was getting so much love and attention when we were unable to be there all the time meant so much to us all. I just knew I wanted to give something back.”
The 5k May challenge asks participants to pledge to run a 5km distance and donate £5 to a charitable cause. Lisa decided to set up a JustGiving fundraising page for St Oswalds and shared it among her club members. For the more competitive amongst them, there were prizes for whoever submitted the quickest 5k time, but so it was inclusive for everyone, people could also run as teams of three to complete their 5k. Some members recovering from injuries still showed their support by walking the distance and donating.
“Our club President, Holly & her Husband own a speciality running shop in Prudhoe called Run Unlimited. They very kindly donated a £50 voucher for the shop as a prize for the fastest 5k time. We also had various spot prizes including prosecco and also a pamper box full of goodies donated by my friend and fellow club member Lesley.
80 runners of all ages got out and about in May to complete their 5k’s and donations started flooding onto the fundraising page. Although I only asked people to donate £5 each for taking part, many families were giving more and it was amazing to see the total growing. We finished the challenge with £525 raised for St Oswald’s Hospice, which I am delighted with.
The fastest 5k winner was our club Chairman, Stephen with a very impressive time of 19:53. He was given a run for his money by the second place runner, Luke, who clocked an amazing time of 21:59 at just 12 years old! Stephen chose to split his prize with Luke which was lovely gesture and shows the true spirit of our club”
Prudhoe Plodders were named England Athletics North East Club of the Year in 2020, despite only being formed four years ago. As Lisa explains, the groups team spirit and camaraderie helped her to get through a very difficult year:
“I am so proud of everyone for getting involved. The club was very supportive to me when my mum was unwell. She was the first person close to me that I have lost and it was a very difficult time, but everyone rallied round, making sure I joined them for runs to keep my mind off things. Keeping active has brought me a lot of comfort.”
Thank you to Lisa and the Prudhoe Plodders for their fantastic fundraising efforts. If you have been inspired by their challenge and fancy taking on one of your own, our team would love to hear from you! Get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0191 246 9123. You can also check out the ‘Get Involved’ pages of our website.