SAMANTHA Kaye is no stranger to supporting charity events.
And now the mother of two is hoping hundreds of people will join in her massive fundraising challenge.
The 35-year-old is organising a 2.75 mile fun run (4.4km) around her home village of Farnley Tyas.
The fun run takes place on Sunday, September 12, starting with a warm-up session at Butts Road Recreation Ground.
Dozens of friends and family have already signed up but Samantha wants many more to join them pounding the streets to help raise thousands for Kirkwood Hospice.
Keen runner Samantha said: “It should be a really good family day out and I’m hoping for a massive response.
“We will welcome serious runners but there’s no pressure on people to get round in a certain time.
“It doesn’t matter whether people race or take a leisurely stroll around the village – the idea is to have lots of fun while hopefully raising a lot of money for a very worthwhile cause.”
Samantha came up with the idea to stage the fun run while supporting her husband, Richard, when he took part in the Sheffield half marathon with colleagues from the Fired Up Group.
She said: “I went up to watch him with our two children and I realised there was a fun run going on at the same time, which we could have taken part in.
“I then thought there weren’t many events like that near to us and that it would be a good idea to try to organise something myself that my family and other families could do together.”
Samantha decided that the race would support the Kirkwood Hospice in Dalton as some of her relatives and friends have received treatment there.
She said: “We always support the hospice at the fairs and other events as quite a few of our family and friends have been there.
“I think it’s an absolutely fantastic local charity and the staff are brilliant with the people they care for.
“They could do with an awful lot more fundraising events but it is difficult for people to give up their time to organise them, which is why I thought something like this would be ideal.”
Samantha has organised everything for the event, from publicity and race marshals to winners’ prizes and bacon butties afterwards for all the runners.
Samantha and children Matthew, 12 and Annabelle, 10, are taking part together with Richard and staff from his Longroyd Bridge company, which is also sponsoring the event.
Dozens of local joggers have also signed up and now Samantha, a former sales worker, is hoping hundreds of others will join her growing band of fun runners.
She said: “I think we can get about 200 people – although we’ve been told that we could cope with 500 – which would be an amazing amount to sign up.
“It’s an event for all ages and abilities, from mums with babies in prams to my mother-in-law who is 68.
“Hopefully it will be a lot of fun and lots of people will come along and show their support.”
Go to www.farnleyfunrun.co.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit any Kirkwood Hospice shop for an entry form.