ON the day the Olympic Games launch it seems fitting a group of Fylde coast runners have struck gold after raising more than £30,000 for good causes.
The Goal-den Girls had set themselves a target of completing the Edinburgh Marathon in May to mark London 2012 – a project two years in the planning and training.
As well as the marathon, the over-55 runners organised their own 10k fun run, which took place in Blackpool in March and a celebration ball at Blackpool FC, among other fund-raising events, to help five local charities.
The money will be shared between Clifton Dialysis Unit, Hint of Pink breast cancer charity, National Coastwatch, Blackpool Young Carers Project and Air Ambulance North West.
And the fund-raising was given an extra boost by localgiving.com – run by the Community Foundation Network and the Community Foundation for Lancashire - which helped contribute £10,000 of the final total.
Goal-den Girls were one of the first groups in the area to sign up to the localgiving.com scheme, which was launched earlier this year and aims to encourage more people to give to charities and community organisations based in their local area. It provides charities with an online forum to receive online donations, boosted by a match-funding pot.
Tricia Ellis, who set up the Goal-den Girls, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the total. This sum will make a huge difference to all the charities we are raising money for and we are very grateful to the localgiving.com team for their advice and support as this has been a big factor in our success.
“Localgiving.com is still a relatively new initiative, but has proved to be an incredible useful resource for us.
“We’re so pleased with the fund-raising success and really have to thank our family and friends and everybody in Blackpool who have been so generous. We’re now planning to do the Preston Guild half-marathon and other fund-raising events, as well as the Goal-den Girls 10k again in March.”
Last year, Tricia’s efforts with the Goal-den Girls were recognised in the Spirit of Lancashire Awards, where she received the Unsung Hero award.