Shrimps Corporate Sales and Events Executive in back to back Paris & London Marathons for The British Red Cross
SHRIMPS Corporate Sales and Events Executive Elizabeth Hough is to begin her quest to compete in the first of two marathons for The British Red Cross. The first in the duo is this Sunday’s Paris Marathon and then two weeks later, the London Marathon, on the 26th April.
Back to back marathons aren’t everyones chicken, ham & leek pie, below Lizzie gives an insight into her mindset and targets:
Why pace the roads, pavements and trials, and take part in not one but two marathons within weeks of each other?
I have been fortunate in life, to be given many different opportunities and possibilities, and I feel that helping those that haven`t been as lucky, is extremely important. The world can be unfair, and has its share of pain and suffering. I believe those of us who can contribute and bring some sort of good to the world, and help others should.
Charity has been a part of my life since I was young. I first became a member of the Red Cross when I was 6, helping in the local charity shop with my Mother, modelling in the fashion shows, helping at various coffee mornings etc... My most valued experience for the Red Cross to date, was spending 6 months in Tokyo working in a Japanese Red Cross Hospital. This was a life changing experience and I was given the opportunity to experience first-hand, the important work the Red Cross is part of.
Running is my passion and I have raised money through various running events, such as the Great North Run, Bupa 10 k, 46 miles Keswick to barrow, and fitness challenges such as Total Warrior, for many different charities over the years, including MIND, Lancaster Bulldogs and St Johns Hospice. I thrive off helping as much as I can whilst bonding with other like minded people.
Why the Red Cross? For thousands of vulnerable people in the UK and overseas, the Red Cross is a sign of hope in crisis, meeting both immediate and longer term needs. I hope my efforts post marathons, for the Red Cross, will encourage other people to see the importance of charity work and giving back.
I have been set a target of £2,750 to raise and have a great team of support helping me raise this fixed amount and I feel so thankful to them for continuing to help me raise the target.
“To the British Red Cross, every crisis is personal. From floods to loneliness, it's not the scale of the crisis that matters. Whoever you are, wherever you are, all we see is someone who needs our help - and we give it.”
On the 8th of February I organised a huge 8 hour Spin-a-thon at 315 to help raise funds for my ventures. It was a fantastic day and all the hard work from everyone involved paid off.
There were some gruelling hours throughout the day, with some comical faces and amusing noise from spinners, a few MFC players amongst those! I think all will agree the day was filled with plenty of fun, support and encouragement for each other.
I am so grateful to Jim Bentley and the Morecambe FC team for their presence and support on the day! They added to the atmosphere in a huge way and I felt extremely grateful that they were there to join in on my ventures.
The family fun day really was fantastic; from the beginning when Jim Bentley and team MFC arrived, to the presence of Cinderella and her entourage, to the bouncy castle, face painting and Red Cross Events team, spinning instructors creative slant on their classes, to the double whammy countdown spin at the end, I was overwhelmed with the support!
I am pleased to let you know that the day has enabled me to raise a huge £1000 + towards my target for The British Red Cross. I say + as Sponsorship money is still being collated and I shall have the final total very soon.