LISTEN: Ricky Morton shares his family’s experience of raising £5,000 for the Cancer support charity, Maggies
By now, everyone is familiar with the challenges of the pandemic.
In addition to all the bad bits, which we already know too well, it has been an incredibly frustrating time, full of delays for some, and especially for patients waiting to be treated with cancer.
However Maggies, a charity-run organisation, is doing their utmost to combat this.
Providing free support for people with cancer, and families affected, they have been doing an amazing job throughout the pandemic. They offer a range of help, from financial assistance, classes , support for families and carers, and how to cope on a daily basis in living with cancer.
Whilst most people spent January cooped up inside, Ricky Morton was motivated to get involved in the running challenge for Maggies. Originally beginning from humble foundations, with only Ricky intending to run 50 miles and fundraise £150, this gradually grew arms and legs into an impressive feat.
After asking if his family would fancy taking part, it quickly became a collaborative operation. His girls jumped at the chance and were set a target of 25 miles by the end of the month, and Andrea, Ricky’s wife, decided she’d do a combination of running and walking.
At the end of the month, the active family had amassed a huge amount of 322 miles. The girls had also more than doubled their initial target, with 70 miles each.
All in all, Ricky and his family had raised over £5,000. Describing the walks as turning into “treks”, it’s a feat made all the more impressive given the conditions. Ricky mentions that we can get used to living in such a gorgeous area, taking it for granted, but notes the benefits fresh air can bring during these difficult times.
Working behind the scenes at Elizabeth Yules Transport in Pitlochry, the pandemic brought on a lot of worries and concerns for Ricky. As well as being a fantastic cause to support, Ricky highlights “focussing on something positive” in doing challenges, such as the Run for Maggies, mustn’t be underestimated.
For anyone who wishes to support Maggies, and their great work, search ‘maggies.org’ or, alternatively, head over to their Facebook page. This month there is currently a challenge called the “300,000 steps” and anyone is welcome to get involved.
Or, if you don’t fancy donning your trainers, you could donate to some others who do. Lisa Shanto and Babs Campbell are doing Maggies’ March Challenge: you can donate on their Facebook page where any donation, no matter how small, is greatly appreciated.
Following the amazing community support, Ricky plans on waiting a bit before his next one. He’s already planning on fundraising money in the future for Sands, a vital stillbirth and neonatal death charity in the UK.
In the meantime, the family’s spaniel is having a well-earned rest whilst Ricky wishes Lisa and Babs the best of luck with their challenge.
More information on Maggies can be found on: https://www.maggies.org/
More information on Sands can be found on: https://www.sands.org.uk/