Sky Sports Charlie in BIG Challenge
Charlie Webster runs 45 miles to Oldham Athletic FC as part of longest ever Football Club Marathon in aid of charity
TV presenter Charlie Webster arrived at Oldham Athletic FC earlier this week, as part of her Big Challenge to help raise vital funds for leading domestic violence charity Women’s Aid and to show that English football stands united against domestic violence.
Charlie is running a gruelling 250 miles over 7 days, visiting 40 football clubs to raise vital funds for Women’s Aid and to raise awareness of domestic violence within the football community. The challenge began at Burton Albion FC on Sunday 26 January and finishes at West Ham United FC on Saturday 1 February.
As someone who understands the devastating effect domestic violence can have on families, Charlie is pushing herself to the limit to raise £100,000, enabling Women’s Aid to support thousands of survivors of domestic violence over the coming year.
Charlie recognises the power of sport to change lives and having previously run in the London Marathon for Women’s Aid, she wanted to take her support for the Charity to a whole new level. Why run just one marathon when you can run one a day, seven days in a row? Show your support, sponsor Charlie at www.justgiving.com/charliesbigchallengeor text CBC to 70300 to donate £3.
Charlie comments: “I am proud to be taking on this Big Challenge to raise money for Woman's Aid and to work with football clubs to raise awareness of domestic violence. The work Women’s Aid does is vital in helping the one in four women who will experience domestic abuse, and their children, receive the
support they need, including access to a place of safety.”
Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid said: “Charlie is set to run 250 miles for Women’s Aid, and has shown incredible determination to unite football players, clubs, and fans against domestic violence around England. Domestic violence increases around big football matches, and that it will only stop if everyone who loves football comes together to make that unacceptable.
“We are incredibly pleased that the football community is working with Women’s Aid to raise awareness and put a stop to domestic violence. We are encouraging the footballers and fans to speak out publicly against domestic violence, making football a place where perpetrators of domestic abuse are not welcome.”
Commercial Manager, Jenny Warburton was there to meet Charlie: “This is a tremendous effort by Charlie, to run just one marathon is no mean feat but to do one a day is unbelievable. Woman’s Aid helps thousands of Woman and children every year and it is fantastic to see funds and awareness raised for such an amazing charity. Everyone at Oldham Athletic wishes Charlie the best of luck with the rest of her challenge”.
Jenny will be partaking in her own Charity Challenge when she cycles from London to Amsterdam in June to raise funds and awareness for Prostate Cancer UK.
Full details are on the Oldham Athletic Website: http://www.oldhamathletic.co.uk/news/article/20140127-on-your-bike-1319564.aspx
Charlie’s Big Challenge is sponsored by Alpari FX Trading, global foreign exchange broker and principal sponsor of West Ham United FC. For more information on Alpari, please visit http://www.alpari.com/
The Challenge will also kick-start Football United against Domestic Violence, a Women’s Aid campaign to encourage football to give domestic abuse a red card once and for all.
Support Charlie and sponsor her run at www.justgiving.com/charliesbigchallenge