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Thursday, 27 November 2014

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Runner nominated for Heart of Ulverston award for tireless charity fundraising

A COMMITTED runner, who always puts her best foot forward when it comes to helping a local charity, has been nominated for a Heart of Ulverston award.

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ACTIVE Kelly Taylor, who has been put forward for a Heart of Ulverston award MILTON HAWORTH REF: 50046728B005

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Kelly Taylor, 31, is in the running for the Sports Volunteer of the Year award sponsored by Furness College.

She has been recognised for her tireless efforts to raise money for Alice’s Escapes, the charity set up to provide family holidays for seriously-ill children and their families, by taking part in the K2B, Walney Fun, total warrior and numerous half marathons and other sporting challenges.

Miss Taylor, of Larch Grove, said not only has her fundraising been rewarding but it has also helped her live a healthier lifestyle.

She said: “It was last January after my sister had done a job for Alice’s Escapes and she suggested I do the K2B for them.

“They gave me a lot of support, because I was five stone heavier last January so it wasn’t something I had ever done before.

“They’ve really looked after me and if you think about Alice and everything she fought against then this is just a bit of running really.”

A year later, Miss Taylor has well and truly caught the exercising bug and on her second attempt on the K2B help the Alice’s Escapes competitors shave more than an hour off the previous ladies team record.

When she’s not busy fundraising, Miss Taylor can been seen leading her fellow joggers around town as one the founding members of the Ulverston Runners Club.

She said: “It’s going really, really well. We have a lot of regular members, some of them are getting ready to run a 10k this summer and some of these ladies had never ever run before.”

Speaking about her home town, lifelong Ulverston resident Miss Taylor said: “It’s a nice place, everybody always smiles and says ‘hello’ and you don’t get that everywhere.”

This year’s Heart of Ulverston Awards, proudly sponsored by the Evening Mail, Siemens, GSK and Ulverston Victoria High School, will be held at the Coronation Hall on October 10. Prizes will be awarded for 11 categories: Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Group or Project of the Year, Teacher of the Year, Sports Volunteer of the Year, Carer of the Year, Courage Award, Environmental Volunteer, Parent/ Guardian of the Year, Employee of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award.

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