5k run turns into 445k as Solihull Chamber step out for Arrive Alive - The Solihull Observer

5k run turns into 445k as Solihull Chamber step out for Arrive Alive

Solihull Editorial 23rd Dec, 2020   0

A MASSIVE £1,563 has been raised by Solihull Chamber council committee for the Chamber’s nominated charity Arrive Alive.

Ten members of the committee, including president Robert Elliot, vice-presidents Mick Westman, Stuart Watson, Tony Elvin, and council members Susie Ankrett, Andy Cole, Stephen Rome, Amanda Holden, head of Solihull Chamber Lillian Elekan and Chamber membership executive Sam Frampton, smashed their fundraising target of £500 by taking part in the charity’s 5k in five days challenge.

Each participant walked or ran more than five kilometres, clocking up 445 kilometres between them – the equivalent distance from Solihull to just shy of Land’s End.

Cash raised by the challenge will be donated to Arrive Alive, which funds lifesaving vehicles and equipment for community first responders that attend medical emergencies.

Debbie Roscoe, from Arrive Alive, said: “Arrive Alive has still been operational throughout the Covid-19 pandemic helping to save lives and even launched an additional lifesaving voluntary operated 999 vehicle in the spring.

“All of the funding for Arrive Alive is solely generated via donations and events, no funding is received from the lottery, government or ambulance service.

“I have also been directly impacted by coronavirus as my daughter suffered a severe case and was admitted to hospital for several weeks, I am pleased to say that she is over the worst.

“I would like to thank the president and committee at Solihull Chamber of Commerce for their amazing support throughout 2020.

“I would also like to say a massive thank you and well done to each member of the committee that took part in the 5K a day over five days, in addition to each individual who donated via JustGiving for the challenge.

“Your support is greatly appreciated and every donation makes a makes a massive difference in helping to save a life as none of us know when we will need a 999 call.”

Donations can be still be made to the fundraising initiative.

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