Nichola Daly will take on the Great Birmingham run in October.
Nichola Daly has set a fundraising target of £1,000 as she begins training for a half marathon in Birmingham in memory of her stepfather Barry John who died recently from diabetes-related complications.
Nichola, 28, of Wombourne, Staffordshire, said: “My mum’s partner sadly passed away on 28th April. For many years he lived with diabetes, so I have decided to run the Great Birmingham Run for DRWF in his memory.”
The run is scheduled to take place on Sunday, 11th October (please see updae below) and Nichola has set up a JustGiving page for donations that can be found here.
Nichola owns Flowercraft florists in Chapel Ash, Wolverhampton, with her mother Julie Daly.
Barry worked as a postman with Royal Mail, a steward at Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Football Club and a taxi driver, and passed away aged 57 from complications related to diabetes.
In addition to donations received from family and friends, Nichola and her mum have decided that £1 from every order at the florists over £30 will be donated to the charity.
Nichola Daly with her daughter Millie
Nichola, who recently became a mother, said: "Barry became a grandfather to my little one Millie just before lockdown so he got to meet her.
"I wanted to do something in his memory and to raise funds for the charity.
"The family have all been so supportive of me and what I'm doing, I just need to start the training now."
Nichola is a member of Dudley Ladies Running Club and the 13.1 mile Great Birmingham Run will be the first time she has ever attempted this distance.
Nichola said: "I know I can run three miles, but I'm not sure about 13 just yet!
"Dudley Ladies Running Club are the most supportive bunch of ladies and if it wasn't for them, I would have never have imagined doing a half marathon."
On setting up her running challenge Nichola originally wanted to raise £350, but surpassed that target within 24 hours of the fundraiser going live.
The amount raised so far is up to £545 at time of going to press and so she is well on the way to the £1,000 target.
Karen Scott, Community Fundraiser at DRWF, said: “Thank you so much Nichola, you are doing such a fabulous thing to support the charity in this way.”
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Great Birmingham Run has had to be cancelled this year. However not only will Nichola automatically be entered into next years race, but she has also decided to run for us on the original day too! Nichola will still be running the same distance as the planned event on 11th October, along with her mum and daughter. Go Nichola!
Donate to support Nichola for her half marathon challenge on the JustGiving page here
Find out more about DRWF fundraising here
Fundraising for DRWF during lockdown
During lockdown many events that had been scheduled for this year that DRWF usually has fundraising supporters involved in have been cancelled as a result of social distancing measures as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Now more than ever we are relying on supporters to come up with novel fundraising ideas to support charity operations.
For example, we recently reported on the challenge set by the Rivinus family, who set a 26,000 steps challenge at their home in support of DRWF.
Karen Scott, Community Fundraiser at DRWF, said: “We are still supporting our research projects during the COVID-19 health crisis. DRWF does not receive any government funding and relies on voluntary donations to enable us to continue to support people living with diabetes and those who care for them.
“We also invest heavily into research, some of which is ongoing. In our last audited year, we invested 93p of every pound spent into our charity aims and objectives.”
If you have a fundraising idea and would like to support DRWF we would love to hear from you. Contact us to discuss any ideas by emailing email@example.com or call 023 9263 6138
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DRWF operations during the Covid-19 health crisis
The DRWF team is now working remotely. Covid-19 guidance, particularly where it aligns or impacts with diabetes guidance, is shared as quickly as possible through the DRWF website and social media channels with the aim of making it as easy to understand as possible and a reliable source of latest news.