Jam today! Physio Matters were delighted to drop off much-needed food at Oldham Foodbank recently, working in conjunction with the GB Ultras Community.
As a keen ultra-runner, Physio Matters’ Clinical Director, Colin Green, is an Ambassador for GB Ultras which runs supported ultra-marathon events covering 50, 100 and 215-Mile Ultra Marathons along trails across Britain, supporting runners and ultra-runners.
Virtual running events raised £14,400 for charities
During lockdown when many races and events have been cancelled, GB Ultras launched a series of virtual running challenges for runners, and raised money for charity at the same time. Their Virtual Events of 2020 culminated in a ‘Race for Britain’ which comprised 3 special virtual races ‘taking part’ in England, Scotland and Wales.
These challenges raised approximately £14,400 for foodbanks, which saw a 61% increase in demand during the pandemic. Members of the online forum ‘GB Ultras Community’ have also been helping distribute food and essentials at their local Foodbanks across the UK throughout winter.
Jam, nappies and biscuits for Oldham Foodbank
The GB Ultras Community raised funds for Oldham Foodbank, which asked for the money to be spent on jam, nappies and biscuits as these are in high demand. The funds were then matched by Physio Matters, making it a joint effort all round. Pictured below are Colin Green in his GB Ultras race shirt and Physio Matters’ Team Co-ordinator, Katy Parrott, delivering the supplies to Father Tom who helps run Oldham Foodbank, where their motto is Helping Local People in Crisis.
Also seen here is Wayne Drinkwater, Race Organiser & Director at GB Ultras. He said: “I’d really like to thank Colin and Physio Matters for supporting our fundraising efforts for foodbanks. As we move forward through the COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to thank everyone for all the continued support they have given to ourselves and others within the GB Ultras Community. We will continue to raise money where it is needed and look forward to working with Colin in the future.”
Inspiration in helping good causes
Colin Green said: “It was a pleasure to help GB Ultras raise funds and put it to good use for people in need at this time. Wayne and the GB Ultras Community have been tireless in raising money this year for good causes. They are an inspiration, and we are happy to help in any way we can. I wish them all the best for 2021 and hopefully they can get back to running their excellent ‘real’ ultra-races soon.”
The GB Ultras Community has also raised money for the homeless, Clatterbridge Cancer Research, Alder Hey Children’s Charity and the charity MIND. They have donated 172 sleeping bags to Homeless Outreach Groups around the UK and made local Homeless Support Information leaflets for homeless groups in Manchester, Glasgow and Darlington, with ongoing voluntary efforts in other areas. To find out more, visit: www.gbultras.com
If you can help or want to donate to Oldham Foodbank, just visit www.oldham.foodbank.org.uk