Nick Fenner, Catalyst Insurance Manager, raised funds for our chosen charity after he completed the challenging Chiltern Wonderland 50.
The gruelling race began in Goring on Thames and involved running through challenging terrain in a 50-mile loop back to the start.
Nick, who managed to finish the race in 12 hours and 15 minutes, said: ‘I love running and more specifically running ultra-marathons.
‘I read about our chosen charity, The Sick Children’s Trust, on our intranet and thought it was a really thoughtful cause and wanted to raise some money for them.
‘I have a lot of friends who are having children at the moment and a few nieces and nephews have arrived over the last few years too so it’s good to know there are organisations like this that can help families of sick children if they need it.’
Speaking of his feelings when he crossed the finish line, Nick said: ‘I was exhausted and very hungry! It’s impossible to replace all the lost calories as you go along, and I just try to top up as much as possible with energy gels and snacks during the race.’
Nick has no doubt that running is good for his health, both physically and mentally. ‘Running is the only sport I have ever really been interested in so I’m really grateful for it,’ he explained. ‘It keeps me fit, but the overall boost to my general mental health it gives me is massive.’
Supporting our chosen charity
Nick’s colleagues at Catalyst have all clubbed together to support his fundraising efforts. ‘The support from my colleagues has meant a huge amount to me,’ he said. ‘I’ve had donations from across the organisation and some really nice well-wishing messages too.
‘Getting involved with a charitable organisation fits right in with our charitable ethos and it just makes sense for us to actively support good causes.’
The Sick Children’s Trust supports families with a seriously ill child in hospital by giving them a warm and comfortable place to stay across its ten ‘Homes from Home’.
Nick is keen for as many people as possible to support the charity. ‘Have a read of the case studies on their website and it will really inspire you to get involved,’ he said. ‘It doesn’t matter how much you raise, its equally about raising awareness as it is money.’