A MUM-of-two from Kenilworth has raised much needed cash for families struggling with hardship and isolation after completing the Two Castles Run.
Selina Kermode ran the 10km route between Warwick and Kenilworth castles and banked £756 for Home-Start Warwickshire.
The 39-year-old completed the course in one hour and three minutes and wanted to help raise cash for local families at the same time.
She told the Observer: “Lockdown opened my eyes to how incredibly hard it can be to be stuck at home with small children. Home-Start South Warwickshire is a wonderful charity that sends trained volunteers into homes to support parents. A Home-Start volunteer could be the only other adult that parent sees all week.
“I’m a very social person and before lockdown my life with my then two-year-old and baby was very full – playgroups, coffee mornings, park trips with friends. I wasn’t just busy, I had a great and strong support network. The families Home-Start help often can’t even get out of the house so they don’t have that support.”
Mrs Kermode added that getting out to run had really helped her during lockdown.
“It was actually a family support worker at my local children’s centre who first suggested I push myself and do a 10k race. I loved the event on Sunday it was a great atmosphere, and beautiful weather. I’m absolutely thrilled with my fundraising total and pretty chuffed with my race time too.”
Sponsorship is still open at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Selina-Kermode