Local charity fundraises in their Annual Easter Fun Run

Fancy dress is optional (but we at B31 Voices hope you ALL go in fancy dress!)

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A local brain injury charity is expecting their annual fun run to be equally as popular as their sell-out event last year.

On Sunday 14thApril at Cofton Park in Longbridge an Easter Fun Run will be held by the Headway charity.

Now in its fourth year, the 5k route is ideal for anyone wanting to run, jog, walk or even enjoy a sociable morning in the beautiful park.

Participants will receive a chocolate Easter egg and a very collectible Easter-theme medal as they cross the finish line.

Last year new runners, C25k graduates, Parkrunners and more seasoned runners took part and many have signed up again this year. Places are strictly limited and so the charity recommends registering early to avoid disappointment.

Headway Birmingham and Solihull is a registered charity helping to improve the lives of those who are affected by brain injury in the local area.

One runner has already secured his place. A local man, Gurinder Singh, aged 40, who attends Headway’s rehabilitation centre at Moseley Hall Hospital.

Gurinder sustained his brain injury when he was just 17. A gifted student, his dreams of a university education ended when he was seriously injured as a pedestrian in a road traffic collision. He made a good recovery physically, but his cognitive ability was affected, leaving him with motivation issues and a lack of confidence to try anything new.

As part of his training for the run, he is currently running, cycling and taking part in yoga.

Gurinder gets race ready!

He will be completing the run with Becky Whenham, an acquired Brain Injury Services Manager at Headway Birmingham and Solihull. Becky herself is a new runner and says the event will be a challenge for both of them.

Becky said: “Sport is an integral part of our rehabilitation programme and the benefits are far-reaching. Being more active contributes to better health and increased fitness levels, but also improves mood and motivation, which is of particular benefit to our brain injured clients.

“Both Gurinder and I are looking forward to the Easter Fun Run. It’s not about how fast we do it, simply that we give it our best effort on the day and enjoy it. It’s important for everyone to set themselves a goal and go out there and achieve it, and I’m confident that Gurinder will smash this!”

Fancy dress is optional (but we at B31 Voices hope you ALL go in fancy dress!), with prizes awarded for the best Easter costume as well as to the first male and female entrants to finish.

Refreshments and other fun activities will also be on offer on the morning of the fun run, with all proceeds from the event going towards Headway’s brain injury services in the local area.

For more information, visit www.headway-bs.org.uk/events, call 07483 173877 or email: fundraising@headway-bs.org.uk

 

 

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