Julie Marshall, Finance Officer at the Abbeyfield and Wesley Society, will ‘Run Around the Houses’ in what is a lengthy coastal route from Donaghadee to Carrickfergus.
Abbeyfield and Wesley is calling on its residents’ families, friends and the general public to support Julie as she embarks on her 41-mile run to support its outdoor initiative on Friday 13 May 2022.
Julie will ‘Run Around the Houses’, from Abbeyfield’s Barnagh Close property in Donaghadee, to its Wesley Court site in Carrickfergus, in a bid to raise funds for the Breath of Fresh Air programme.
This programme creates lovingly nurtured outdoor spaces, beautifully crafted and populated with flora and fauna that support the wellbeing of Abbeyfield and Wesley’s residents.
It has already launched outdoor spaces at its Carrickfergus, Lurgan and east Belfast sites among others, where it transformed unused spaces into community gardens.
Paths, flowers and vegetables as well as seating areas encourage residents to spend time outdoors to boost their mental and physical well-being as well as supporting immunity strength and promoting good sleep habits.
More financial support is needed to roll the initiative out to other properties however, which has prompted Julie to undertake the huge challenge of running 41 miles.
Her path will see her pass 11 Abbeyfield and Wesley properties with a fundraising target of £5,000, and now she is asking the public for help. Support can be given in donations or by morally supporting her on part of the run, or indeed all of it.
Abbeyfield and Wesley has also set up a charity page to make it easy for online donations - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/abbeyfield-wesley
Sponsorships are also welcomed, as too are supporters who wish to cheer Julie on her mission.