A Nottingham marketing director has smashed his fundraising target by completing a “5k-a-day” running challenge throughout February – all in aid of local charity Switch Up.
Ryan O’Donnell – who works at Lindleys Autocentre in Nottingham – has raised over £2400 by completing a daily five-kilometre run. The funds will help Switch Up CIC, and its sister organisation Nottingham School of Boxing, to continue utilising sport, mentoring, education and counselling to transform the lives of young people and transition them into employment, training, and further education.
Ryan said: “I first became involved with Switch Up after meeting founder Marcellus Baz and hearing about the amazing work the charity does to change the lives of young people in Nottingham. The whole Lindleys team has since been behind Switch Up – we also have an established donation scheme in place which gives 25 pence from every job we invoice, with a minimum amount of £500 donated each month.
“The pandemic has been really challenging for the charity with its boxing gym having to shut and we understood that a financial boost would really help especially as it has had to diversify its support to include providing food parcels to those in need across Nottingham.
“Running has been a real passion for me since the first lockdown – it has contributed to losing over two stone as well as helping me mentally get through the pandemic. I decided that if I could help to raise funds to support others at the same time, then that could only be a good thing.”
Marcellus Baz BEM, founder and chief executive of Switch Up and its sister organisation Nottingham School of Boxing, said: “We are thrilled that Ryan has completed this difficult challenge to raise funds for Switch Up. We rely on funding and generous donations to continue our work which usually sees us supporting around 800 of Nottingham’s young people at any one time. However, during the pandemic this has skyrocketed to many more families who are struggling for various reasons and so additional support such as this has been vital.
“The fundraising efforts made by Ryan and Lindleys shows the tremendous strength of the people and businesses of Nottingham to look out for the wider community, particularly during what is a troubling period for disadvantaged young individuals in the city.”
For more information on Switch Up and the Nottingham School of Boxing, visit switch-up.org.uk.