Canterbury start-up running to raise £10k with Scotty’s Little Soldiers being one of the first charities to benefit.

“Remembrance march made me want to help!”

The Running People have found a novel way to get you active and raise money for charity in 2020.

Founded late in 2019, The Running People organise virtual events to raise money for fantastic charities and provide people all around the world with the motivation to keep fit and active regardless of age or activity. This January the company is asking you to dust off your running shoes and complete 5K to raise money for national bereaved children’s military charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

The business was established by Chris Barber who was looking for a way to make a big difference to small charities through his love of running. Chris is already well on his way to achieving his target to raise £10,000 for charities this year.

Chris said: “I was looking for a way to help motivate people to get active and support small charities but didn’t want them to be put off by having to complete a challenge in one go or have to do it in a specific way. With our virtual challenges, people can register to complete a 5k, 10k, 20k, 75k or 100k and once they have completed it, we send them a medal. £2 from every registration goes to charity.”

Chris chose to support Scotty’s Little Soldiers as one of his first charities after he saw members taking part in the Remembrance march back in November. Founded by war widow Nikki Scott in 2010 and celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Scotty’s Little Soldiers supported 410 bereaved British military children and young people across the country in 2019 alone. The charity was set up in memory of Nikki’s husband and father to her two children, Corporal Lee Scott after he was killed in Afghanistan in 2009.   

The charity supports families in a number of ways, including providing access to the very best health and wellbeing care, offering outstanding development opportunities through a range of activity and educational grants, and Scotty’s helps put smiles back on those brave faces by providing respite breaks, posting them birthday and Christmas presents and remembering the anniversary of their parent’s death, as well as arranging events where bereaved Forces children from all over the country come together to have a great time and form friendships with kids in the same situation.

Chris went on to say: “We selected Scotty’s Little Soldiers after I saw some of its brave members marching on Remembrance Sunday. My stepdad is in the Armed Forces so as an ex-forces kid, Nikki’s story really resonated with me. I love that we are a small business supporting a small charity that does such amazing work.”

Nikki commented: “We are hugely grateful to The Running People for choosing to support us with one of its first events of the year and on behalf of everyone at Scotty’s I would like to say a huge thank you. I think this is a wonderful way to encourage people who maybe have little running experience to start, without being too imposing, all while doing something amazing for charities like ours.”

To find out more about The Running People and its challenges head to its Facebook page visit  https://www.therunningpeople.co.uk/.

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