Ayeasha to take on 50km run for bereaved Forces children


“Any pain or discomfort I struggle with during the run will pale in comparison to that of families who have lost a loved one who served in the Armed Forces,” says County Durham resident, Ayeasha Murray, who is set to take on a 50km run this Remembrance weekend (8th), to raise money for bereaved children’s military charity, Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

Beginning her running journey just one year ago, Ayeasha (36), a HR manager and mother of two, will tackle the 50km distance in the hope of raising £500 for Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a national charity which supports children who have lost a parent who served in the Armed Forces.

Ayeasha will tackle the courageous 31-mile distance in just one day and hopes to complete it in just six hours. Discussing her upcoming fundraising Ayeasha said: “I was originally signed up to do Saturn Running’s 5km loop Remembrance event, and wanted to aim for 50km, which would be my longest ever run, and thought it would be perfect to raise money for a Forces-related charity at the same time. Even though the event has had to be cancelled, I’m able to run it virtually and still receive a lovely Remembrance Day medal to remind me of the achievement.

Ayeasha was introduced to Scotty’s Little Soldiers by her brother and, given the current climate, decided to do what she could to help raise much needed funds for children across the country, who now more than ever need that extra support.

She said: My brother always asked for his family’s Christmas presents to be Scotty’s clothing merchandise, as they look great and raise money for a good cause. I thought it would be nice to raise awareness of Scotty’s and the brilliant work they do, whilst also raising funds to help affected families, especially in the current circumstances where emotional support is in great need.”

Having completed her first marathon just a couple of weeks ago, Ayeasha’s 50km challenge will be the furthest she has ever attempted to run.

Ayeasha continued: “I’m really looking forward to the challenge, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. Knowing I’m running for such a worthwhile cause will help with my motivation during hard points on the day. Any pain or discomfort I struggle with during the run will pale in comparison to that of families who have lost a loved one who served in the Armed Forces.”

Scotty’s Little Soldiers was founded in 2010 by war widow Nikki Scott, a year after her husband, Corporal Lee Scott, was killed in action. Nikki saw the devastating impact on their two young children and wanted to help others in the same situation.  

Scotty’s Little Soldiers arranges for bereaved Forces families to go on respite breaks, organises special events, sends presents to the children at extra difficult times of year, offers wellbeing care, as well as educational support and grants. Being part of the Scotty community reminds hundreds of bereaved Forces children they aren’t alone. 

In recent months, the charity has had to adapt to the current climate and has been using modern technology to arrange exciting virtual events and activities to engage with its members, ensuring them that in uncertain times such as these they are not alone. They’ve also been providing a high volume of wellbeing support to families who are suffering from enhanced anxiety and other problems due to the current health crisis.

Nikki said: “We are so thankful to fundraisers like Ayeasha who enable us to continue supporting the children of our fallen Armed Forces heroes. The distance Ayeasha will be running for Remembrance Day is absolutely incredible, and we cannot wait to hear how she gets on. The whole Scotty’s team are behind her and wishing her lots of luck.”

To sponsor Ayeasha’s 50km fundraising run, visit: https://www.facebook.com/donate/358023198793946/?fundraiser_source=external_url

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