Anne pounding the miles to raise pounds

Donna Greenhalgh and Anne Malone are raising money for The Anaphylaxis Campaign. (s)
Donna Greenhalgh and Anne Malone are raising money for The Anaphylaxis Campaign. (s)

A Padiham business tenant is putting her best foot forward by completing a 10k challenge for charity this Sunday.

Anne Malone, based at Ribble Court Business First, Padiham, is undertaking Manchester’s Heaton Park 10k in aid of The Anaphylaxis Campaign.

The 50 year-old is running in support of Business First centre manager Donna Greenhalgh’s fund-raising efforts.

When Donna’s niece, Megan Lee, passed away aged 15 last New Year’s Day from an allergic reaction to a takeaway, the tragedy struck a chord with Anne.

“The fact that I’ve got two children myself, one the same age as Megan,” she said, “Just brought it home.”

So when Donna decided to raise both awareness and funds, Anne leapt at the chance to support her.

“Donna’s a lovely person: the heart and soul of the business centre. It was so sad that Megan died in this way, so if we can raise funds and stop it happening again, then that’s great.”

And while she hasn’t set herself a time to beat - her focus is on completing the course - she’s on track to smash her £450 fund-raising target.

“It’s my first 10k so it’s a challenge and I’m a bit nervous,” she added. “I’ve never done more than 5k. I just want to run it without stopping.”

The tenant’s fund-raising total now stands at more than half way towards her target but support is needed to help her round the last few legs.

“Donna’s thrilled to bits,” she said. “She’s very popular and all the tenants have been supportive.”

To make a donation and help Anne meet her target, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fund-raising/10kformegan