This is Debbie's story about how running has helped her keep fit AND raise money for charity. Debbie is a Home Instead CAREGiver who has been working for Home Instead since April 2014.
About six years ago my husband decided to start running as a way of keeping fit, much to my surprise. I used to think he was mad going out running in all weather conditions and thought he wouldn't stick at it. However, I could see that he was enjoying it and losing weight and getting fitter too. He took part in a couple of charity runs to raise money and I started to think "Well if he can do it then so can I!"
So, at the tender age of 53 (you are never too old!) I donned the trainers and got out there and started to pound the pavements myself. I then started to enjoy running myself, and we started running together, which was really nice.
Quickly, running became a priority for me to set some goals to achieve and motivate me to keep going so I entered my first event, a 5k Cancer Research UK Race For Life and raised funds for this worthy cause. From there I progressed to 10k distance running and then had the privilege in 2011 of taking part in the Great North Run 13.1 mile half marathon, raising more funds, this time for Mencap.
Now I am working for Home Instead, I have been made acutely aware of the devastating effect that Alzheimers can have on people and their families. When the opportunity came along to do something to raise money for this worthy cause, I jumped at it. The recent Bollington 10k in my home town served as the ideal event to enter and run this as a way of gaining sponsorship. I am really delighted to be able to have helped in some way and play my part and want to thank all those at Home Instead for their kind donations.