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On the front foot – Stroud charity launches 100K test

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A Gloucestershire charity that supports vulnerable young people and their families is urging people to put their best foot forward to help raise vital funds this spring.

Stroud-based The Door wants supporters to run, walk or cycle 100km during May as part of its 100K In May initiative. Money raised will ensure the charity is able to continue to provide vital mental health support.

Registrations are open throughout April and May, with people from across the county being urged to #KeepTheDoorOpen.

Anne Townsend, operations and events coordinator at The Door, is leading the campaign and is one of eight staff members who have already signed up to do the 100km challenge.

Anne said: “By joining The Door’s 100K In May challenge you’ll be making an amazing difference to the lives of the families we support.

“You’ll also be ensuring you stay fit and health, too, so it’s good for you and it’s good for the people in society who need The Door’s support the most.”

The Door is seeing demand for its services continue to grow as young people and families come to terms with the impact of the last 18 months. The team is currently supporting over 203 young people and parents through The Door’s mentoring programmes.

CEO of The Door Victoria Robson, who is also taking on the challenge added: “I’d urge everyone, from seasoned marathon runners to those who have never done a physical challenge before, to visit the Facebook group we’ve set up and find out more.

“Each penny that’s raised will help us carry on our work with vulnerable young people and their families during this particularly challenging period. It is so important to give young people and parents space to reflect and come to terms with the last year. And to look forward as society begins to open up and go back to some kind of normal”

You can register to take part by visiting the Facebook page that The Door has set up: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheDoor100KinMay/. More information about 100K in May is available at: https://www.thedoor.org.uk/100kinmay/

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