Mini-Marathon Money Maker in the Paper!
Our star fundraiser, 11 year old Lucca, has been featured in the Leicester Mercury! Please see the article below:
An 11-year-old boy hopes to raise hundreds of pounds for a city charity by taking part in the London Mini-Marathon.
The three-mile run will be held alongside the main marathon on April 26 with youngsters from 11 to 17 representing London boroughs and English regions.
Lucca Quilter-Watson from Groby will be representing the East Midlands as he takes on his first London run, raising cash through sponsorship for Leicester charity Apex Works, where his aunt is the chief executive.
Lucca was inspired to help the charity after spending a day will his aunt, Gaynor Quilter, during a Take Your Relative to Work Day organised by his school.
Lucca said: “I visited Apex-Works and I sat in on a fundraising meeting, which gave me an idea to try and help them raise money, as I realised how difficult it can be.
“When I qualified to represent the East Midlands in the London Mini Marathon I thought it would be a great opportunity to combine my marathon run with a chance to fundraise for Apex Works.”
Apex, based in Charles Street, Leicester city centre, is a charity which helps vulnerable and marginalised people into training and work.
Gaynor said she was proud of her nephew, who has already raised £600 in sponsorship money.
She said: “We are delighted that Lucca has chosen to support us by fundraising.
“He came up with the idea himself after seeing the work we do and being inspired by our service users.
“As his aunty as well, I am particularly proud that he is using his great talent for running to help others.”
Lucca, is a national runner already and has been Leicestershire Schools County Cross Country Champion four times.
He is aiming to run the three-mile route in under 20 minutes and raise £750 for Apex.
Lucca is now at 80% of his fundraising target, to sponsor him please click here
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