Huntington’s Disease Association set to profit from Lincoln University's Athletic Club's incredible efforts.
Members of Lincoln University’s Athletics Club will be hoping for a degree of fundraising success when they take part in this year’s Asda Foundation City of Lincoln 10K on Sunday 1st July.
With up to 20 runners expected to take on the 10K, the club will be one of the biggest teams in the race and is raising money for the Huntington’s Disease Association (HDA).
Ellis Kerton, 20, the club’s president, was diagnosed with the disease – an inherited condition that damages certain nerve cells in the brain – in September 2016.
She said: “My grandma had suffered the disease for 20 years before she passed away in September 2015 and my dad also received a positive result 10 years ago. The HDA has helped my family a lot and in response, we would like to do as much as we can to give back to the charity and help others in similar situation.
“The fundraising work we have done resulted in us winning the charity's first Most Inspiring Volunteer Award in June 2016. After receiving my positive result I continued with my aim to raise as much money and awareness as I can, in order to increase understanding of the disease as well as to find the all-important cure.”
Ellis, who is in her final year of studying accountancy and finance, decided to ask club members to support her in running the Lincoln 10K.
She said: “The response was amazing, with former athletes asking to come back and run with us, resulting in a total of 20 runners.
“As a team, we have taken part in the Lincoln 10k since my first year, therefore I couldn't think of a more fitting event for my final year for us all to run together for such a brilliant charity. We love the day and the atmosphere.”
Ellis and the team have already raised £1300 and are hoping to add to this fantastic effort on Sunday.
“We hope our City of Lincoln 10K efforts can raise even more for such a deserving cause.”
The team's fundraising can be supported at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/athletics-and-cross-country1