We did it!
The Goal-den Girls over 50s running group is celebrating after hitting its fundraising target for this year.
The women have raised £5,000 for Guide Dogs for the Blind to Name a Puppy and pay for its year of training.
They held their now annual Goal-den Girls 10k fun run in March, as well as other events – including taking part in the Manchester marathon, doing sponsored bag packs, a dog walk on the Promenade and a rock’n’roll evening with comedian Syd Little.
The puppy, a golden retriever, will be called Hector.
The Goal-den Girls was set up by Tricia Ellis to get older women running and ready for a marathon for 2012, the Olympic year. The group, for over 50s only, continues to train at least three times a week at Blackpool’s Stanley Park.
Earlier this year, the club was presented with the Sports Team of the Year Award at Blackpool Town Council
The Goal-den Girls met with members of the Guide Dogs charity to hand over the cheque and meet some of the dogs who make such a big difference to the lives of their owners, as well as some local residents who have benefited from the Guide Dogs service.
Tricia said: “We are very proud to have raised this money and to name our Guide Dog puppy. We launched this years fund raising with the Goal-den Girls 10k run in March and we haven’t stopped since.
“Thank you to everyone who has supported us in any way throughout the year.
“The Guide Dogs charity provides such an important service and the dogs really do make a huge difference to people’s lives.”