Aiming to bag a boost for charity

Sue Lindsay (left) with her friend Sue Crook'They are raising money for Hospice UK by selling bags, known as the Bag Ladies 'Pic courtesy of Jessica Isherwood Photography
Sue Lindsay (left) with her friend Sue Crook'They are raising money for Hospice UK by selling bags, known as the Bag Ladies 'Pic courtesy of Jessica Isherwood Photography
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Not your usual bag ladies!

Sue Lindsay and her friend Sue Crook have come up with an ingenious way to help raise money for a good cause.

The pair are selling hand-made shopping bags, as part of a bid to fundraise for Hospice UK.

Sue Lindsay is doing all she can to boost her mission to raise £2,000 for the charity by running the London Marathon in April.

As well as seeking sponsorship and donations, the Thornton mum is holding regular afternoon teas and selling the bags to maximise her efforts.

Sue ran her first marathon in 2012, aged 57, after joining the Goal-den Girls over 50s women’s running group.

She had seen the group advertised in Eve magazine, and decided to sign up and give running a try.

She said: “My oldest daughter had just run the New York marathon at the time, and I thought to myself I wanted to do something like that and decided I would give it a go.

“I had never done any running before joining Goal-den Girls, but I love it. The Edinburgh Marathon was great, I got a really good time, I did it in under five hours.

“I really enjoy being part of the Goal-den Girls, I’ve done so many things I would never have done otherwise.

“We’ve taken on challenges like the coast-to-coast walk, we’ve done lots of fundraising activities, as well as our running training.

“I’ve made lovely new friends through it.”

Sue decided she wanted to take part in the London Marathon next year and chose charity Hospice UK as the one she would support.

She said: “I loved the Edinburgh Marathon, but at the back of my mind, I always felt I wanted to do London one day.

“I chose Hospice UK, which supports hospices across the country and the important work they do.

“I’m originally from Carlisle and my sister Rose was looked after by Eden Valley Hospice there.

“They were wonderful, so this is a cause which really means something to me.

“As well as sponsorship I was thinking about how I could raise more money. I go running twice a week with my friend Sue Crook, and was saying to her I was going to host afternoon teas – because I enjoyed baking – but I wanted to make something to sell at the events.

“She came up with the idea of making shopping bags. It was just after the 5p carrier bag charge had been introduced and we were thinking about the fact people might want shopping bags.

“They’re made of leftover material – such as old curtains, so there’s no waste.

“All of the Goal-den Girls have bought them, they’ve proved pretty popular and we’ve sold more than 50 bags so far.”

Sue’s first afternoon tea event earlier this month proved a big success, with 30 people attending, raising £366.

She is planning to host more in the New Year.

To find out more about Bag Ladies, search on Facebook for The Bag Ladies.

To sponsor Sue in the marathon, see http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SusanLindsay-London2016