Take on the Great South Run for charity

ALL IN A GOOD CAUSE: Runners are needed to take on the Great South Run in aid of Round Table Children’s Wish

Are you a runner who could help a good cause while taking on a challenge?

The Great South Run takes place in Portsmouth in the autumn and Round Table Children’s Wish, a charity which provides wishes for poorly youngsters, is asking for help in raising funds.

The race on October 20, which covers a fast, flat course around Portsmouth and Southsea including the historic dockyards and seafront, costs £42 to enter.

Once runners have signed up, Round Table Children’s Wish will provide a t-shirt for the race and ideas on how to get sponsorship. Then it will be up to runners how much they can raise for the charity – there’s no minimum amount.

Round Table Children’s Wish grants hand-crafted wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. All the money raised by runners will be used to help make wishes come true for children and young people aged between four and 17.

Over the last 30 years many sick children and their families have been helped to enjoy holidays, meet their heroes and take part in amazing experiences, all thanks to money raised by kind donations.

One of those children is Poppy, a little girl who loves Disney Princesses and has to have treatment every day to cope with the Cystic Fibrosis she was diagnosed with as a baby.

WISH COME TRUE: Six-year-old Poppy and her brother Alfie at Disneyland Paris. The family’s trip was made possible by Round Table Children’s Wish

Poppy’s dearest wish was to go to Disneyland Paris and Round Table Children’s Wish arranged for Poppy, her brother Alfie and her parents to spend her sixth birthday there, making wonderful memories for them all.

Round Table Children’s Wish fundraising officer Clare Kyrillou said: “We are always  so grateful for all the help our charity runners give us. We rely totally on donations to provide wishes for our children like Poppy – so we really couldn’t do it without kind-hearted people taking part in events like this.

“The Great South Run promises to be a fantastic event and the flat course provides a great opportunity to achieve a personal best – as well as helping a child achieve their greatest wish.”

To find out more about running for Round Table Children’s Wish contact Clare Kyrillou on 01202 514515 or email her at clare@rtcw.org. You can read more about the charity at www.rtcw.org