THE sun was shining as families in Stroud put on their trainers and took part in Race 4 All.
More than 30 competitors from all walks of life ran the 5k fun run on Minchinhampton Common raising money for their chosen charities. This year also saw many people dressed in fancy dress.
Harry Gardner, apprentice fundraiser of The Door Youth Project, said: “Many people have commented on how unique it is that whole families can run together, what’s even more exciting is you can run for any charity.
“It is a very important event, not only does it help us promote the Door Youth Project but we get to help other charities too. This year we had little primary school aged children run first. It was truly a race for all.”
In the past money has also been raised for Teckels Animal Rescue, Whitminster Primary School and Cancer Research.
This year the race will also raise funds for Wooden Spoon Charity, the National Trust, Ebenezer, food banks and the Stroke Association, Whitminster Primary School and many more. Funds raised will also go towards The Door Youth Project, which helps young people, like Steve.
Steve was 16 years old when he came to charity. He had no confidence or self-esteem, as a result of constant bullying at school.
Fear had gripped him to the extent that he couldn’t even eat in front of anyone and eye contact was non-existent. The project supported him, mentoring him and teaching him new skills. Over a two year period they saw a new confident Steve emerge. It took time, but it was worth it.
On the day that Steve left to start work he said: “When I left school, my ambition was to get hit by a bus, I wanted to die. You have given me a hope and a future.”