Lothian’s very own Lindsey Shanley is taking part in the Women’s 10K Edinburgh this weekend to raise funds for Lothian’s Charity of Choice, VOCAL.
Lindsey, who works as an AVL controller in our Control Room, is an avid runner having taken part in the Edinburgh 10K on a few previous occasions. This year she’s taking on the Women’s 10K for the first time, and has chosen to run to raise awareness and funds for our Charity of Choice VOCAL, who support thousands of unpaid carers in our community.
The event takes place on Sunday 22 October, and we recently caught up with Lindsey during her gruelling training schedule to find out why she’s going the extra mile for VOCAL.
What made you decide to run the Women’s 10K in aid of VOCAL?
I try every year to give myself a goal to keep myself motivated and fit, and to try raise some money for charity. It’s good for my mental health and helps me clear my head sometimes after a busy shift at work!
What is it about VOCAL that made you choose to support them?
We have a lot of colleagues who are carers in different capacities and I already know a few who have benefited from VOCAL’s Support.
Have you always been a runner or is this something you got into recently?
I’ve been running for a few years and have done a few 10ks in the past around Edinburgh.
What kind of training are you doing for it?
I’m doing a mixture of trail and road running, and I commute to work on my road bike (weather permitting!) to keep myself fit.
How are you feeling as the event comes closer? Are you excited, nervous?
I’m always nervous on the day but I’m looking forward to getting it done on the day.
Do you have a fundraising goal or are you just looking to raise as much money as you can?
I’ve set a target of £500 on my JustGiving page but will be happy to raise anything as long as it helps, one way or another.
If you can, please help Lindsey not only reach her target of £500 but smash through it, raising as much money as possible for VOCAL.
VOCAL – Voice of Carers Across Lothian – support unpaid carers to help identify and overcome any issues affecting them, achieving the best possible outcome for carers and their families. More information on the charity and the services they offer can be found on their website.
On behalf of everyone at Lothian, good luck Lindsey, we’re all rooting for you!