A GROUP of Solihull mums dusted off their slippers and whipped out their walking sticks and raised over £1,000 as they took on the Knowle Fun Run in aid of Age UK Solihull.
Yvette Fletcher, Elizabeth Argyle, Marie Howarth, Gail Lawson, Nita Grantham, Ranbir Sahota, Sharon Coane, Wenke Langhoff-Gold, Frances Bate and Samantha Turner had already taken part in the run twice previously, dressing as grannies each time.
This time round grannies raised £1,106 via their online fundraising page and cash donations they collected in buckets as they ran – smashing their original target of £100.
Yvette said: “Having worked for Age UK Solihull as a home support worker, I have seen the real difference the charity’s services can make to an older person’s life.
“From practical support around the home, befriending and emotional support, to falls prevention classes, social clubs and advice, they all contribute towards helping older people feel less vulnerable and isolated and more themselves.
“One housebound gentleman told me that having a friendly face from Age UK Solihull, once a week, for a chat and to look through photo albums, gave him something to look forward to, and he felt ‘less lonely’ and more connected with the ‘goings on’ in the outside world.”
Also taking part in the run was Age UK Solihull supporter, Manish Kumar, who took on the 10k course and raised £158 for the charity.
Rebecca Jacob, digital marketing and fundraising manager at Age UK Solihull said, “It was wonderful to see Yvette and the rest of the grannies having so much fun running in their fabulous outfits.
“They raised plenty of smiles, as well as raising an incredible amount which will help us make a real difference to older people in Solihull.
To sponsor the grannies, click here.