Jane George, a member of administrative staff at Treloar’s in Alton, Hampshire, is taking on a mammoth challenge to raise funds for Treloar Trust, the charity which funds vital services for the school and college students.
Jane has committed throughout May to run, walk and cycle for a total of 260km, the equivalent of 6 marathons, as part of the 2.6 Challenge which was launched last month. The 2.6 Challenge is a nationwide campaign to support UK charities with the shortfall in event fundraising income in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Jane has worked at Treloar’s for four years, providing admin support for the support staff and managers of residential accommodation Gauvain House.
On choosing her incredible challenge she said:
“I enjoy exercising a lot and do like a challenge. When lockdown started, I was so relieved to hear we were still able to go out and exercise daily – and the weather has been glorious!
Like most people, I feel quite sad when I think about the effect the pandemic is having on so many people and organisations both now and in the future, especially charities.
I thought this challenge would be a positive way of helping Treloar’s which is very close to my heart.”
So far, Jane has completed four of the six marathons, clocking up over 180km. She has raised over £500 but is hoping to raise as much as possible before the end of her challenge.
“I’ve enjoyed doing the challenge immensely. It’s helped me to be really disciplined and to push myself a bit more. It’s fun to feel a sense of achievement as I see the numbers go up.
I may allow myself the odd glass or two to celebrate when I’ve finished, and I’ll probably miss the challenge when it’s over!”
Just before lockdown, Jane’s granddaughter was born and so the challenge has also helped her cope with missing seeing her family.
To donate to Jane’s fundraising challenge, and keep up with her progress, visithttps://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jane-george14