Hun­dreds join race to help good causes

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

Some 600 par­tic­i­pants of all ages found them­selves in the pink at the KM Colour Run on Sun­day which raised a huge £25,000 for char­ity.

Sixty six good causes in­clud­ing Kent, Sur­rey and Sus­sex Air Am­bu­lance, Porch­light and Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port ben­e­fited from the an­nual fundraiser de­vised by the KM Group’s char­i­ta­ble di­vi­sion.

The high­est in­di­vid­ual fundrais­ing hon­our went to Sarah Gadd, from Ash­ford who gath­ered £785 for mul­ti­ple good causes, whilst Fin Rosen, 5, from Deal was named the youngest fin­isher – rais­ing £70 for Deal Breast­feed­ing Sup­port Group.

The event was sup­ported by key part­ners Bar­clays, Swanstaff Re­cruit­ment, Gard­ner Croft Solic­i­tors, Coun­trystyle Re­cy­cling, Kent Women in Busi­ness Magazine and Bette­shanger Park.

A num­ber of those who ran, walked or jogged the 5K fun run opted to raise funds for the Kent, Sur­rey and Sus­sex Air Am­bu­lance which ac­cu­mu­lated over Tracy Spiers and Anna Tal­bot of Sains­bury’s Ash­ford took part £2,000 from the event.

All run­ners each wore a KM Colour Run sou­venir T-shirt and sun­glasses, and col­lected a commemorative medal at the fin­ish line.

Event or­gan­iser Do­minic Comins from the KM Char­ity Team said: “We wel­comed dou­ble the num­ber of par­tic­i­pants to this year’s Colour Run, and we are over­joyed with both the re­sponse to the chal­lenge event, and the amount of money raised. Our run­ners couldn’t stop smil­ing, and it pro­vided the per­fect re­sult for Kent char­i­ties.”

Si­mon Dolby, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the char­ity, was quick to praise key part­ners for their sup­port, in­clud­ing event hosts Bette­shanger Park, near Deal.

“They have been in­stru­men­tal in mak­ing the KM Colour Run such a suc­cess.

“As the event grows, their sup­port does too. We are ex­tremely grate­ful,” he said.

Other chal­lenge events staged an­nu­ally by the KM Char­ity Team – and still open for book­ing – in­clude the Maid­stone Big Char­ity Quiz on Friday, June 24, and the 21st An­niver­sary KM Char­ity Walk on Sun­day, June 26. Visit www.km­char­i­tyteam. co.uk to se­cure your place.

Lianne Mors­ley and sup­port­ers from Ald­ing­ton Pri­mary School, Ash­ford, took part in the KM Colour Run at Bette­shanger Park

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