CHARITY chiefs at a national lifeline based in Evesham which supports women with pre-eclampsia have made a 30th birthday wish to raise £30,000 through a series of fun challenges.
Action on Pre-eclampsia (APEC), which has been based on Evesham’s High Street for the past decade, has blown out the candles on three months of challenges to kickstart a year of cash collection.
And this Autumn, the charity still has places for town runners to join local resident Emma Sollis in hitting the streets of the capital in October’s London Marathon.
From today (Friday), the charity’s April challenge will ask active residents to choose a goal for the number of steps per day for the 30 days in the month.
Whether it’s 10,000 steps a day or 5,000, those who want to put their best foot forward to make a difference to mums and babies are urged to get in touch for a fund-raising pack.
In May, fund-raisers will be asked to give something up for 30 days – for example takeaways – and donate the money saved from it to the charity.
Meanwhile in June, there will be 30 days of silliness with fund-raisers asked to wear something silly to work every day, share a silly post on social media every day or tell a silly joke every day.
APEC seeks to raise awareness, improve care and provide support to mums, families and health care professionals. It receives no statutory funding and is mainly supported by donations.
Pre-eclampsia is a condition in pregnancy which causes the death of 1,000 babies a year in the UK as well as up to 10 mums. Pre-eclampsia is caused by a defect in the placenta, which joins the mother and baby and supplies the baby with nutrients and oxygen from the mother’s blood.
Charity CEO Marcus Green, said: “For 30 years we have been supporting and advising pregnant women, we have been training midwives, we have supported research into finding a cure for pre-eclampsia.”
“For 10 of those 30 years, we’ve been based in Evesham and we are asking our local community to come together and take up a small challenge this spring or a big challenge this autumn,” he added.
Search APEC or Action on Pre-eclampsia on social media or e-mail email@example.com for more.