Why Jade runs for CHILDREN 1ST
Monday 23 July 2012
Jade Roy is encouraging others to pull on their running vests and tackle a running event in aid of children’s charity CHILDREN 1ST.
The 38-year-old from Edinburgh is halfway through her fundraising feat of running four half marathons for the charity, which helps vulnerable children and their families.
The mum-of-two is aiming to raise more than £1000 for CHILDREN 1ST, and the motivation is a very personal one. She said: “I wanted to do this for a children’s charity because of my background. When I was little my mum fell in with a bad crowd and started taking drugs. She wasn’t able to look after me properly and when I was five when I was removed from her care.
“I lived with a foster family who adopted me three years later but when you’re that age you just don’t understand. I just wanted to be with my mum. Looking back I was really lucky to be adopted and things have turned out really well for me.”
“But I wanted a charity that believes in trying to keep families together where possible, and that’s why I chose CHILDREN 1ST. They know the importance of putting in the right support at the right time for families.”
Jade has already run the Alloa half marathon and the Edinburgh Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon this year. She said: “It has been really good fun. I’m a stay-at-home mum at the moment so I wanted to do something that got me out there. I had to get fit and keep on running. That’s why I chose to do four events rather than one.
“The first two events have been good but I am really looking to get under the two hour mark for the next two. Dundee is next on 29 July and then it’s the Great North Run in Newcastle in September, which is a brilliant one to finish on. If anyone wants to join me, I’d be delighted. I might need the moral support!”
Helen Sherbourne, fundraiser for CHILDREN 1ST, said: “It’s people like Jade who can help build a brighter future for children and young people in Scotland. We would love for others to join her and run the Great North Run or other events for CHILDREN 1ST.”
Please contact Helen Sherbourne on 0131 319 8068 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or to sign up for an event.
Last updated: Thursday 9 August 2012