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...and raise money for MS-UK

Hunt & Coombs Solicitor raises money for MS-UK by running 5k every day

December is usually a time for celebrating Christmas, looking forward to the New Year and keeping warm from the cold weather. Louise Ballantyne, solicitor in our family team decided to do the opposite by setting herself the challenge of running at least 5km everyday in December!

But why run 5km everyday in December?

For almost thirty years Louise’s father has been living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and now requires full time care at home. The only mobility he has now is very limited with movement in one arm only.

Having some knowledge of MS and the seriousness of this debilitating disease Louise believes that her father would have been more able today if he had the support of a charity like MS-UK and access to information and services that could have assisted in prolonging his mobility. Louise has never raised money for an MS charity before so she set herself the challenge of running 5km everyday in December to raise awareness and fundraise for MS-UK.

How did Louise run?

The challenge started well and Louise was lucky with the weather, day one was frosty and then it was mild until the last couple of days. The weather however was not the only factor that Louise had to contend with as by day 15 she was struck down with a rotten cough and cold, which lasted until day 28. Despite this Louise carried on, a few of the runs turned into a shuffle but the miles still counted! With fulltime work and a young family to juggle a majority of Louise’s runs took place before most of us woke up! Day 23 was slightly hampered by being the morning after the office Christmas party but then it was downhill all the way to day 31.

Louise also set herself a secondary challenge of doing four extra miles over the month, which she completed, bringing her grand total to 100.1 miles or 161km over 31 consecutive days. The time for each run varied from Day 3 at 26.40 to 36.50 minutes. Louise even started her run at 6am on Christmas Day and achieved a relatively quick time - given that it was day 25 of 28.49 minutes. 

When setting up her Virgin Giving account to collate her donations Louise decided not put a target in terms of the amount she was hoping to raise as she really did not know how her challenge would be received, particularly in December when a lot of disposal income goes towards the costs of Christmas. From day 1 however it became clear that everyone was behind her in support and generosity and by day 5 she had raised £315.00 which soared to £702.00 by Day 31. With the additional gift aid the fantastic total raised so far is £842.50.

She even received an anonymous well done card with a bunch of flowers!

Who is MS-UK?

The charity MS-UK was formed in 1993 with the aim of empowering people with multiple sclerosis to make the most of their lives and live life to the full.

Their vision is:

“that anyone affected by multiple sclerosis can access the information and support they need to ensure they have independence, choice and control”

And their mission is:

“to provide high quality, accessible and relevant information and support to anyone affected by multiple sclerosis.”

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition that affects the central nervous system and around 100,000 people in the UK live with the disease. For further information on MS-UK and how they provide help and support to people living with Multiple Sclerosis please visit .

From all at Hunt & Coombs we would like to give a huge well done to Louise for achieving her challenge and raising a fantastic amount of money and awareness for MS-UK.

Louise would also like to give a big thank you to all who have donated & supported her on her challenge, kept her running and reaching day 31!

If you would like to donate, Louise’s Virgin Giving page remains open until 31st January 2017.

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