Inspired by the memory of her mum, Catherine Robertson completed a half marathon with her dad in aid of the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine.
|Cause fundraised for||MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine|
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Why did you decide to fundraise for your chosen cause?
My mum suffered from multiple sclerosis (MS) for many years and the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM) were a great support to her and my dad. My dad still has close contact with the Centre and is delighted to be kept informed of any progress which is being made with regards to treatment or cures for MS and other degenerative conditions.
I believe it is so important to continue this research and hope that through my fundraising I have managed to raise awareness of the Centre and the wonderful work which is taking place.
How did you raise money?
Since losing our mum four years ago my family decided to offer support to the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine through various fundraising projects.
My dad is an amazing man who gives up lots of his time to help and support others. One such hobby he has is to entertain groups with his music. He accepts no payment for these sessions and instead asks for a donation. Most of his donations have been sent towards the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine as he is fully supportive of the work being done at the university to research treatments for MS and other conditions.
He is also a keen runner and has run the Loch Leven Half Marathon in the past and received significant sponsorship from friends and family. This has also gone to the Centre.
My sister and I decided to continue his good work by running the half marathon ourselves. Last year I was pregnant and so watched as my sister completed the race running the whole way with my Dad. And this year, we swapped roles as my sister was pregnant so I ran with my Dad. Throughout the run we reminisced about the kind of wonderful person my Mum was - she was 'always smiling' despite having lived with MS for over 20 years.
This year I set up a JustGiving Page then shared it on Facebook in order to raise awareness of the Centre and encourage donations from friends and family. I was overwhelmed at the amount of donations received and it most definitely helped to motivate me to complete the run!
I'd say that you need to choose a cause that you are passionate about and one that you believe is making a difference in improving people's lives. Have an achievable target amount to raise and spread the word through social media.