Fundraiser wanted to “give something back”

Words and photos by Dave Barry

A woman who wanted to “give something back” was joined by friends when she ran a fundraising half-marathon.

Liz Forbes-Browne, a public governor for Tees Esk Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust, and her team ran a 13.1-mile loop, starting and finishing at the Sands in Scarborough.

About 20 people ran the full distance with Liz, another 10 ran the last 10km and seven more ran the last 5km.

The full circuit took them up Burniston Road, across to Scalby Road, past the Crown Tavern into Falsgrave Road, down Seamer Road, around the mere, through the Valley to the Spa then back to the north bay via the seafront.

Liz described the weather as “perfect” - sunny and cold. “You soon get warm when you’re running”, she said.

Besides family and friends, Liz’s running companions included members of the ChrisFit running club and workmates from Nappi in Falsgrave, including her boss, Helen Tait.

Between them, they raised about £300 for the mental-health charity Scarborough Survivors.

“My son was diagnosed with schizophrenia four years ago and I wanted to give something back regarding mental health”, Liz explained.

Liz has has taken up the challenge of running a half-marathon every month of 2017 in aid of Survivors. 

The long-distance runner has now run 12 half-marathons this year, raising about £1,400 all together.

Survivors chief executive Andrea Woolcott said: “Liz is doing an amazing job raising the profile of mental health.

“The commitment and dedication she has shown in running these half-marathons to help Scarborough Survivors is phenomenal.

“Our members, trustees and staff are so grateful to Liz. As a small, local, independent charity, people raising money for us, in whatever way, helps us offer more support for vulnerable people affected by mental-health issues”.

Survivors provide a safe, supportive environment and representation for people who have direct experience of mental illness, carers, family and friends.

The charity is based in Alma Square. Survivors can be contacted on 500222.