Over 30 members of Simon’s Heroes children’s charity took part in the Tamworth 10k on Sunday 7th October to help raise funds and awareness for their cause to mark the passing of their much-loved charity member, Kelly Davis.
Kelly Davis sadly passed away in September aged just 39. The popular paramedic made a valuable contribution to the charity, having participated in a number of events, raising funds, volunteering her time and providing vital medical support at the charity’s annual Abbott Trail Run.
The race took place in the beautiful grounds surrounding Tamworth Castle. Over 700 runners took part in the annual event, the largest turnout in the race’s history.
Kelly’s daughter, Abbi Smith, along with Kelly’s friends, completed this, her first ever 10K, in her mum’s memory, an event Kelly had signed up to complete herself to raise funds for Simon’s Heroes. Everybody in the group wore a green ribbon to remember their friend. Charity members cheered and applauded Abbi as she crossed the finish line in a poignant but inspirational moment for all involved that would have made her mum very proud.
The charity’s mascot, Benno the Bear, was on hand to motivate participants as they approached the finish line. Cakes and charity merchandise were also on sale to maximise fundraising which exceeded £400 thanks to donations from Kelly’s work colleagues, friends and family members, as well as sponsorship raised from the charity’s members.
Emma Thomas, Trustee of Simon’s Heroes said: ‘Thank you to everybody that participated and donated. We all did Kelly proud, especially her daughter Abbi.’
Author: C Bull