Preston Animal Lover Aiming To Run 150km For RSPCA

Callum Smith took on the running challenge because he wants to do more for local charities this year, starting with a charity close to his family.

The Preston man has been out every morning in the cold this month with the aim of running 150km to raise money for the RSCPA Preston and District Branch.

He has been inspired to do more this year to support local businesses and charities, he is starting with a charity which has a close connection to him and his family:

“I believe we can do more for our local businesses and charities. I really enjoy getting involved in volunteering activities, so this seems like a great idea to me. In 2021 I would like to do more fundraising, starting with the RSPCA. My little sister works for the RSPCA Preston branch and my Aunty is an inspector for the RSPCA so it’s a charity that is close to the family.

“I’m also a huge animal lover. It was a very random idea but I have done volunteering for the branch before, mainly at the site doing general DIY tasks with other family members. So I fancied doing something that could hopefully raise a decent sum of money as the centre, like many other local charities, has struggled during the pandemic.”

He has been running every day with the hope of surpassing his target but the weather has been making his challenge even tougher:

“I’ve been doing my running in the local area to me (Farington/Leyland). I’m aiming for 5km everyday in January, some days I will do 10-15km as I want to try and beat my target of 150km in the month. If I can get to 200km I’ll be over the moon.

“The route really varies on the distance I’m doing, but it will tend to be a mix of road running and park running (Cuerden valley park predominantly). Conditions so far have been difficult as the majority of the route has been more like an ice rink than a friendly running ground. But once the snow clears fully it will be much easier.”

Callum has had a brilliant response to his fundraiser which has already surpassed his original target. He believes it is important now more than ever that we support local businesses:

“The response has been incredible. I hit my original target of £250 before I had even started doing any running which is incredible. I have now upped the target to £450 as I wasn’t expecting the response that I got. To be honest, I don’t really have a target figure in mind, the more I can raise the better as it looks like this pandemic is far from over, so harder times are ahead for our local businesses and they need all the support they can get.”

You can help Callum raise as much as possible for the RSPCA Preston and District Branch by donating here.

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