Teams of NELFT staff were on hand in Ilford on Sunday morning to help support the Mayor of Redbridge’s Fun Run. The event started and finished outside Ilford Town Hall on closed roads and proved to be a hit with the public.
The Trust had a stand on the day with staff giving out information to the public and our Chair Joe Fielder and two further teams of staff took part in the 5k run.
Fauja Singh, the 106 year old retired marathon runner joined in the fun run alongside his running group, Sikhs in the City. Fauja is a world record holder in his age bracket, retiring from competitive running after taking part in the Hong Kong marathon in 2013 (just 5 weeks shy of his 102nd birthday). He successfully completed the 10 kilometre run at the Hong Kong marathon in 1 hour 32 minutes and 28 seconds.
The aim of the event was to highlight and support the Mayor’s charity causes. For 2016/17, the projects receiving support are Redbridge’s Healthy Living Project, the Disabled Asian Women’s Network, Redbridge Giving Tree and disability charity Vibrance. The Mayor is also looking to set up a Mayor’s hardship fund to support the borough’s most vulnerable residents.
All money raised from the entry fees will be donated to the Mayor's appeal and all entrants were encouraged to raise further funds through sponsorship. Moreover, participants will also have the option of raising funds for charities of their choice.
NELFT Chair Joe Fielder said: "As the Chair of NELFT, I’m really pleased that we could help support such a fantastic community event. Outdoor activity plays a vital role in both physical and mental wellbeing and runs such as this, that focus on family and fun, are great for encouraging everyone of all ages, even those who have never taken part in a run before, to join in.
I am proud to have made my way around the route in just over 30 minutes, helped along by a great team from NELFT who ran alongside me. We, as the local community and mental health trust for the area, are pleased to have been able to show our support to such a worthwhile event and look forward to working together at future events.”