RUNNING, walking, swimming, rowing and cycling 7,000 miles is a huge challenge, but rising to the occasion will be a Mansfield woman and her daughter in their quest to help raise £9,999 for the Help for Heroes charity.
King’s Mill nurse Marion Marshall (59), along with her daughter Terri Clark (34), will be linking up with over a dozen other friends and family across the country in this six month money-making effort.
The mileage represents the distance from London to the Afghanistan capital, Kabul and back, and was the brain-child of family friend, Victoria Collett.
“Victoria’s dad serves in the British Army and was the commanding officer of my son, Andrew,” explained Marion, who has been involved in countless fundraising efforts for Help for Heroes as well as playing a big role in the Mansfield’s Heroes Memorial Fund.
“We have been family friends ever since and when Victoria suggested the idea through Facebook we decided to jump in and join up.”
The team will start their task in June and it will run until November.
During this time, as well as travelling the distance between them using whichever method they choose, they will also be holding various events to boost funds further.
Marion has enlisted the help of friend, fundraiser and landlady of Mansfield’s Nell Gwyn pub, Sandra Ross.
“Sandra is a great supporter of the Help for Heroes charity and has just been given a special achievement award for her massive contribution,” added Marion. “She was also instrumental in the Mansfield’s Heroes Memorial Fund and march.”
Although Sandra won’t be joining in the fitness challenge, she will be offering her pub for fundraising events.
“We are planning a family fun day and barbecue here in the summer as well as a race night. I’ve also suggested the girls set up their exercise bikes in the pub one night to add to their total,” said Sandra who proudly displays her award on the pub wall.
“We have run many different fundraising activities from here and my regulars are very supportive of the service charities. I’m delighted to back the girls.”
Volunteer area co-ordinator for the charity, Kevin Mitchell, is also on hand to offer help and give advice to boost funds further.
He said: “I will be attending the events run by Sandra, Marion and Terri selling all the charity’s merchandise. The money collected from sales will go towards their final total.
“It’s amazing what people will do but all the money raised will go to help injured service personnel and their families.”
To give your support to the Kabul Challenge team you can make online donations at bmycharity.com/victoriacollett.