An Eyemouth woman is putting herself through the mill to raise money for a teenager who’s life changed forever after an accident last year.
Like so many people in the town, Brenda Dixon has been moved by the story of 15 year old Katie-Lou MacLean, who suffered severe brain injuries after being swept into the sea in June.
In a bid to raise as much money as she can for the Katie-Lou Foundation, which has just reached the £40,000 mark, Brenda has set herself a gruelling challenge – to run around 200 miles over the course of the year.
She will reach this milestone by running a series of marathons, half marathons and 10Ks.
What makes Brenda’s feat all the more impressive is that she suffers from asthma, so as well as completing the runs for Katie-Lou she said they were a real personal challenge. Brenda has already completed the Barcelona Marathon, Dunbar 10k and, most recently, the 13 mile Edinburgh Rock ‘n’ Roll just last weekend,.
And with the support of the town and her family and friends to spur her on she’s definitely not ready to throw the towel in.
“I first took up running six years ago,” Brenda explained.
“I fancied doing a Great North Run and I’ve not looked back since. I’ve done them for Cancer Research and Breast Cancer Care amongst other charities.
“I’ve definitely got the running bug now and I just decided to keep booking more events to do.”
Brenda, who works at Eyemouth Pharmacy, decided to run all nine races this year in aid of the Katie -Lou Foundation because she felt that it was a cause that most definitely deserved to stay at the forefront of people’s minds.
“I don’t know Katie’s family particularly well, but some of my friends do and after hearing more about her I thought she was a fantastic person to run for.
“I didn’t just want to do one run for her. I want to do as many as I can to keep the awareness of Katie-Lou and her Foundation going throughout the year.”
Brenda is not sure of how much she’s raised for Katie-Lou so far and does not have a definite fundraising target in mind. She just wants to be able to donate as much as possible to the foundation.
Her efforts have been given a massive boost by friends Paul and Caroline Clough, with their Berwick-based business Ramparts MOT, who themselves recently donated proceeds from their MOTS, to the Katie-Lou Foundation, covering her race costs.
Brenda is hugely grateful for the couple’s support and as close friends of the MacLean family, Paul said they are delighted that she is doing something for the Katie-Lou Foundation and that they are able to back her.
“My daughter is one of Katie-Lou’s best friends and we went up and down to Edinburgh when she was in hospital,” he commented.
“It was such an awful thing to happen to her but the fundraising efforts people have gone to so far have been tremendous.
“Everyone wants to do something for Katie-Lou and what Brenda’s doing is fantastic, although I definitely wouldn’t run as many miles as she is myself!”
•If you want to sponsor Brenda you can do so via www.gofundme.com/brenda or www.careforkatielou.co.uk or in person at Ramparts MOT centre or Eyemouth Pharmacy.