TWO mums who have set up a charity that will help four others has the backing of a Brighouse runner.
Sarah Metcalfe and Lisa Hrosulak have set up 4Directions which will raise money for Help for Heroes, Macmillan, NSPCC and the RSPCA.
The charity is still in the early stages but plans are underway to organise a variety of events including a number of marathons undertaken by Ed Helme, of Brighouse.
“We are going to be paying Ed’s entry fee for the marathons and all of his sponsorship money will go to the charity. He is not just doing marathons in this country but there is one in Australia,” said Sarah.
“Ed contacted me after hearing we had set up the charity and offered to take part in the marathons in our name. This means that he can fulfil his dream of taking part in the runs and we can raise more money for charity. It is amazing what Ed has already achieved and we are excited to be working with him.”
His first run will be the Leeds half marathon on May 13, he will also take part in the Edinburgh run and the Jane Tomlinson run. Sarah and Lisa, who both live in Siddal, have already encouraged friends and family to get involved by promoting a calendar. They are hoping to put on an army assault course and they will be at the Armed Forces Day in the Piece Hall, Halifax, on June 30.
They will be raising money in Blackpool with a themed day in October, and there are plans for a car wash. The biggest event being planned is the Midnight Silence due to be held on August 18. The event will be a chance for anyone who has lost someone, no matter what the circumstances, to come together to light candles at rugby clubs throughout the district.“It is exciting and scary at the same time. We are real people and we are not getting any money from this ourselves it is all dedicated to the charities,” said Sarah. “Everyone has the right to be remembered. We want this event to become an annual event like Remembrance Day and we want people to bring their children along.”
Lisa added: “But at the same time we want to have fun while raising money for charity.”
The charity will be launched on April 14 at Siddal Ex-serviceman’s and Social Club in Siddal. Anyone who would like to get involved or would like to know more can email firstname.lastname@example.org