Mansfield women hoping to show racism the red card with charity run

Two friends from Mansfield are pushing themselves to their limits by taking part in a half marathon in April to raise money for an anti-racism charity.

Wednesday, 3rd March 2021, 4:45 pm

Hollie Kemp and Kayleigh Barksby decided to take part in the run to raise money for UK charity ‘Show Racism the Red Card’.

The charity helps tackle racism in society by delivering educational workshops to young people and adults in schools, workplaces and at events.

The two women were spurred on to raise money for the charity after a recent court case involving racism in the town.

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Kayleigh, left, and Hollie have been in training since January

29-year-old Hollie from Mansfield said: “In light of recent events we wanted to show our support for this brilliant charity and the work they do.

"It is, unfortunately, evident that racism is still prevalent in our society and even in our local community today.

“Our main motive for running for this charity comes after seeing the devastating effects of a recent incident.

“Charities like 'Show Racism the Red Card' work towards educating young people in the ongoing battle to eradicate racism.

“We began training back in January and, at the beginning, we both struggled to run just 4 kilometres, so we have had to push ourselves to get up to being able to complete the half marathon – it was hard work!”

Originally setting a target of £300, they are already close to reaching £400 and wish to raise as much money as possible before the race on April 3.

Anyone wishing to donate can do so on their JustGiving page.

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