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At the beginning of June, Livi Gosling and her partner Josh Hurley, decided to set themselves a challenge, and put their names down for the St Albans 10K run, which was taking place on the 8th August. Livi had been running for just a few months with the support and encouragement of Josh, gradually improving from being – in her own words- “a grumpy, reluctant shuffler, to a jolly jogger!” Whilst Josh  gradually built up strength and endurance after a previous knee injury.

Josh & Livi also decided that, as they were running the event anyway, they may as well take the opportunity to raise some funds for the Support Group. Josh’s brother, Isaac , has been a member of the group for the last 18 years and so Josh and Livi are very aware of the many opportunities, services and activities that the Support Group provides for those with Down’s syndrome and their families. Josh and Livi had no idea how much they would be able to raise, and so they set up a fundraising page and cautiously set a target of £250.

Weeks of training later and the day finally arrived! Grey and drizzly with more than a dash of nerves!

Josh and Livi really enjoyed the race and both achieved personal best times, with Josh coming in at 47 min 47 seconds and Livi 1 hour, 15 minutes and 48 seconds. And just as their race times exceeded expectations, so did their fundraising and they have now raised an amazing £942.50 which, with Gift Aid, increases to a wonderful sum of £1,091.25!

 We would like to say huge congratulations to Josh and Livi for undertaking and accomplishing their challenge of the St Albans 10K  and sincere thanks for the amazing amount they have raised for the Support Group. Thank you so much!

Maybe you have started running or cycling during the lockdowns of the pandemic, or you want to get fitter and healthier, or maybe you are already a veteran athlete,  whatever your experience or ability, why not set yourself a challenge like Josh & Livi, and raise vital funds for the Support Group at the same time?

Please check out our fundraising page if you are interested and contact us today for further information and/or to let us know of your event. All funds raised help us to continue to provide services and activites for our families and we are extremely grateful for any monies raised no matter how big or small! Thank you.

Teresa Hurley

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