A Kirkburton head teacher will have the run of his life when he takes part in the Yorkshire 10k in honour of his niece who has cystic fibrosis on September 14.
Jeff Trigg, who is the head at Kirkburton First School, will speed across the beautiful grounds of Newby Hall near Ripon with his wife, Debbie, to raise as much money as possible for Cystic Fibrosis Trust to beat the genetic condition that has affected Joanna.
The trust’s own event is the latest mammoth challenge for 54-year-old Jeff, who lives in Mirfield, and has previously undertaken the Great North Run.
Jeff said: “I felt compelled to raise money for the charity for my niece and others who have experienced life with the disease.
“I am looking for forward to taking this run on as a personal challenge- It should be plain sailing because I did the Great North Run in 2011 and 2012 and I really want to raise as many funds as possible to aid research so that a cure for this life-shortening condition can be found.
“Anyone can take this sort of challenge on and I encourage others to join in and raise money for the Trust.”
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease and only half the people with the condition live to celebrate their 40th birthday.
It causes the internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system, to become clogged with thick, sticky mucus, resulting in chronic infections and inflammation of the lungs.
The Cystic Fibrosis Trust’s Fundraising Manager for the North East and Yorkshire, Pat Kilpatrick, said the event is a fantastic family day out and this year the event will celebrate the Trust’s 50th birthday.
He said: “We have the 10K or the 2K fun run so it’s great for all ages. The timing of this event is special particularly as this year sees the 50th anniversary of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, but we’re not celebrating but redoubling our fundraising efforts.
“We are hoping that with challenge events like this, we can fund research into better treatment for those with the condition and we are committed to improving the lives of those with cystic fibrosis so that they can celebrate their 50th birthday and beyond.”
Money raised will enable the Cystic Fibrosis Trust to invest in new research to develop better treatments and will provide support to those with cystic fibrosis and their families and to help the Trust to drive up standards in medical care.
To support Jeff visit: www.justgiving.com/Jeff-Trigg1
Anyone who wants to take part in the 10k or 2k fun run should go to: www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk/y10k