Next Saturday (15 August) will see one of the UK’s most popular 5k series, the Big Fun Run, come to Merseyside. While the event is known to be a prime opportunity to tackle a 5k in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, it is also vital for fundraising initiatives, and for one runner, Angela Morris, it will be particularly significant.
The 55-year-old from Warrington will be running to raise funds for SADS, a UK-based charity that aims to save lives, provide information, fund research and medical equipment to prevent premature sudden cardiac death. Accompanied by a group of ten, Angela will be running in memory of her son, Colin, who died suddenly just two days after his 18th birthday.
Angela Morris said: “Keeping Colin’s memory alive is so important to me, it’s what enables me to carry on. The charity, SADS UK, has been my lifeline since losing Colin. They offer so much support and understanding to the bereaved, and people living with the condition. I am passionate about raising awareness of SADS, and helping to prevent more young lives being lost.”
This isn’t the first time that Angela has taken part in a Big Fun Run. Last year she was the official race starter for the 450 Big Fun Runners who took part at Sefton Park. Angela was nominated by SADS UK, for the incredible work she does for charity and within her community and was awarded a Cardiac Smart Gold Award by the NorthWest Ambulance Service in recognition.
Overwhelmed with the generosity and support throughout the years, Angela is as determined as ever to raise more awareness about the condition which affects the rhythm of the heart and all funds raised from the Big Fun Run will go toward defibrillators within the community to help save lives.
Taking place at Sefton Park, the Liverpool Fun Run offers participants a 5k course with a picturesque backdrop. As with each of the series, the event truly is suited for anyone: “The Big Fun Run is strictly for FUN where it’s all about easy relaxed exercise. No times, no pressure, no sweat—just some easy moves and lots of laughs.”
More information on the other events in the series is available here.
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