Perse student set for 24-hour charity run challenge
26 Mar 2021
Alice MacDowell (Lower Sixth) is taking on a gruelling running challenge to raise funds for Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre.
She will be joined by friend Jodie Wright as they attempt to run one mile every hour for 24 hours in Saffron Walden on 9 April in an effort to help the charity, which provides free specialist support to women and girls across Cambridgeshire who have been affected by sexual violence.
Alice felt the recent horrific death of Sarah Everard in London had highlighted the safety issues faced by women and girls, especially with regards to sexual assault and sexual abuse.
She said: “I think it’s so important to ensure that more is done to educate, raise awareness and prevent events like this happening again. It’s a problem everywhere, but raising funds for a local charity felt right.
“They provide free counselling sessions, live chat and a phone helpline, as well as provide support groups. The contribution of money would help them massively towards things such as training people to help survivors.
“Especially coming out of a pandemic, this service is so important. Incidents of sexual assault and sexual abuse could be hidden because there are probably not as many people reaching out as they are trapped indoors.”
Alice and Jodie play netball together and often go running as part of their training regime, so Alice is confident they will be up to the challenge they have set themselves.
She said: “Hopefully we won’t spend too long running each hour so that we’ve got time for quick power naps. It’s going to be a big test and we’ll probably be quite tired, but it will be worth it.”
They had set a target of raising £500 for Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre, but have already smashed through their goal with pledges of more than £650 to date.
To donate to the appeal, please click here.