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Runners prepare for Plymouth challenge to support First Light

A team of runners are preparing for the Plymouth Run on Sunday 14 May to support people whose lives have been affected by domestic abuse or sexual violence.

Five people are entering the 5k, 10k and half marathon in aid of First Light, the charity which provides support services across the South West, including a sexual violence therapy and counselling service in Plymouth.

The team is made up of staff, supporters and former service users, who all know how vitally important the charity’s work is for victims-survivors of abuse.

Toni Clark, a former service user with First Light, said: “I actually hate running! I ran the 10k in 2017, and always wanted to do it again, but never really found myself in a position to do so. After all the help I received from First Light, I really wanted to give something back as I feel like they helped give me my life back. For that I owe them everything.”

Anna Mitchell, Fundraising Officer at First Light is running the half marathon. She said: “I personally want to wish all of our runners and walkers the very best of luck. They are all taking on a huge personal challenge -including myself as I am not a runner- and have been training for weeks and months for Sunday’s race.

“Every one of our amazing fundraisers plays a huge part in life-changing work First Light does and we couldn’t do it without them. If you’re attending the event, please look out for our t-shirts and give us a big cheer!”

So far, the team has collectively raised £1,470. They are hoping to receive even more support over the next few days to try and reach their £2,500 fundraising target. Support the team here.

Support First Light through easyfundraising

First Light is now registered with easyfundraising, which means that you can raise free donations for the charity every time you shop online.

Over 7,000 brands will donate to us when you use easyfundraising to shop with them – and at no extra cost to yourself.

All you need to do is sign up and remember to use easyfundraising whenever you shop online. It’s easy and completely free.

Anna Mitchell, Corporate & Community Fundraiser at First Light, said: “These donations really mount up and make a big difference to the charity. It’s free, simple to set up and you can shop online as usual, while knowing that you are also supporting people who have experienced domestic abuse or sexual violence. Please sign up and support First Light.”

You can find the First Light easyfundraising page here.