Like many runners and running clubs, Strathearn Harriers and its members have a fine record of charitable giving, with club and individuals undertaking a wide of range of activities to raise money for worthwhile local and national causes.
The proceeds of the annual Simon Wake Comrie Hills Relay are donated to pancreatic cancer research, in memory of our friend and fellow Harrier Simon Wake who died aged 47 in October 2008 after a short battle with the disease. In 2016, the race raised nearly £350. Joint events with the local British Legion have also raised money for the same cause, and other joint events have raised money for the local Community Hospital.
The club also donates 10% of the net proceeds of the Strathearn Marathon and the Crieff 10k to a local good cause, chosen each year by club members. In 2016 the donation of nearly £265 went to the Muthill Pre-school group. Contributions of £100 were made to the Comrie Pipe Band and the Comrie First Responders.
In 2017, Andrew Brown is running the Stirling Marathon in May to raise funds for Strathcarron Hospice. Strathcarron Hospice provides specialist palliative care services and expert end of life care for the people of the Forth Valley area. They care for people with illnesses that cannot be cured including cancer, respiratory, heart and neurological diseases.
The hospice runs a range of services – in-patient, day hospice, community, Hospice@Home, bereavement, pastoral care, lymphoedema, research and education, with a focus on the patient, families and carers.
They are a charity and their services are provided free of charge wherever they are needed – in people’s own homes, in hospitals and care homes and in the Hospice in Denny. It costs £5.8million to deliver their services, and while they do receive funds from the NHS, they still need to raise over £10,000 every day of the year from fundraising and donations.
You can contribute to Andrew's fund-raising efforts using his JustGiving page here.
Andy Scott is a regular marathon fundraiser, and he is also running the Stirling Marathon as part of Team Hamish, raising money for Hamish Dear's Warm Hugs. In Andy's own words: "I had the pleasure of sailing with Kris several years ago and like any new father, when Hamish was born Kris was absolutely delighted. I remember Kris telling me that soon after Hamish was born, he popped into a bookies and put a tenner on Hamish playing for Aberdeen by the time he was 18. Read Kris's story below and you will find out why this is heart wrenching. But what Kris and Hollie have done in setting up Hamish Dear's Warm Hugs is nothing short of inspirational. So if you've got a few quid to spare, hit the link here and donate whatever you can. Let's help make happy memories for families going through hell."
Susan Saunders is no stranger when it comes to running to raise funds for charities. Over the years, she and her family have raised over £10,000 for research and care for sufferers of mesothelioma following the death of her father from the disease.
This year, Susan is taking on the challenge of running two marathons in the space of five weeks, with the London Marathon in April and the Stirling Marathon in May, to raise money for Alyssa McClure. Alyssa was diagnosed with autism when she was 2 years old, and now, at the age of 6, she needs helps with her communication skills. Money that Susan raises will help buy the technology that will make it easier for her to talk to her with her friends and family, and at school. This involves the use of an iPad and specialist software, and will make a massive difference to Alyssa and her family.
You can contribute to Susan’s fundraising through her JustGiving page here.
Julia Greenless is running in 2017 to to support the work of CHASE Africa, which provides education to vulnerable children across Kenya, particular those affected by FGM in south Kenya, and children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Western Kenya. Julia turns 60 this year, putting many of us to shame, and to mark this occasion she has set herself the challenge of running 2000 miles in 2017 - averaging nearly 5.5 mile each day. Mind you, with a few ultras and marathons thrown into the mix as Julia is planning to do, the miles stack up.
You can contribute to Julia's fundraising through her gofundme page here.