Sports facility fundraising gets a boost

Sports facility fundraising gets a boost

Winchester Half Marathon partner Winchester SALT share their story

A team of fundraising runners in the recent Winchester Half Marathon have given a major boost to plans for new community sports facilities at Bar End.

The team, who ran for the Winchester Sport Art and Leisure Trust (Winchester SALT), have already raised more than £1700. Their efforts will be enhanced by a match funding campaign starting on Tuesday 18th October.

The team’s fastest finisher, Emlyn Christie, and longstanding sports facility fundraiser, Tom Pugh, have kept their sponsorship pages open. They hope to attract further donations from 10am on 18th October, when LocalGiving’s ‘Grow Your Tenner’ incentive begins. Under this scheme, any donation of up to £10 is doubled. Eligible donors can add Gift Aid too.

Meanwhile, the team’s top fundraiser, David Harris, is celebrating having his sponsorship matched by his employer, Old Mutual Wealth. This brings David’s personal fundraising total to £880 – a huge achievement.

Winchester SALT was a Winchester Half Marathon partner and organised the Winchester Community Games to tie in with the race on the same day. Emma Back, the charity’s Chief Executive, said “the Winchester Half Marathon was a fantastic community event and a great way for local charities to raise funds. We’re delighted with the progress to date in our sports facility fundraising, and the LocalGiving match funding will give it a further boost.”

You can donate up to £10 and have it doubled, via Winchester SALT’s LocalGiving page at www.localgiving.org/winchestersalt, from 10am on Tuesday 18th October. Donors are urged to act fast, as the match fund is expected to run out rapidly.

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