Friends and family of keen runner Paula gather to raise funds in her memory

Friends and family of Paula's took part in the event to raise money for the cause

Friends and family of Paula's took part in the event to raise money for the cause - Credit: Archant

More than 30 runners and walkers took part in a 12-hour charity race in a bid to raise money for the Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire MIND (CPSL).

The race, which consisted of a 10km off-road loop where people ran, walked or completed as a team, took place in Abbots Ripton last month.

In between laps, friends and family enjoyed a barbecue and cake and, despite the weather, raised more than £2,000 for the charity.

The event was held in memory of Paula Kessler, a keen runner, and many of the participants in the Abbots Ripton event had taken part in endurance races previously with Paula, who died earlier this year.

Jen Richardson said: “We wanted to participate in a similar event together, to celebrate Paula’s life and her love of running. We chose to raise money for CPSL Mind as it seemed relevant to support a charity which helps others facing their own demons. It was a great day. Many of us walked the final lap together, remembering Paula and chatting about how much she would have enjoyed the event.”

MIND is a mental health charity that offers support and help to those who are suffering from a mental health conditions.

Friends of Paula’s wanted to raise money for the charity to highlight the importance of mental health.

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Zoe Doherty, a fundraiser for the charity, said: “To keep going for 12 hours is an incredible feat of endurance and shows how much effort has gone into this fundraising event.

“Everyone clearly enjoyed the day and what a wonderful and fitting way to remember Paula. The money raised will go towards helping local people in their recovery from mental health challenges and specifically CPSL Mind will be working with local running groups to provide mental health awareness and support. A huge ‘thank you’ to everyone involved for raising such as significant amount of money.”

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