Bishop Helen-Ann goes extra miles in aid of farming charities

Bishop Helen-Ann Hartley joined hundreds of farmers in a month-long sponsored run throughout January that has raised £44,745 for rural charities across the UK and overseas.

The Run 1000 campaign saw farmers and other people in agriculture each donate £20 and record the distance they ran or walked during January.

Runners were asked to join a social media group representing their home nation to see which country’s team could be first to run 1,000 miles and Bishop Helen-Ann was vice-captain of the Scottish team.

“Amazingly 64785 miles (that’s 2.5 times round the world!) collectively was run by the teams, and more than £44,000 has been raised thus far,” she said.

“It’s impressive given the original intent for the total was for each team to get to 1000 miles.

“For my effort, I managed 68 miles during January!

“It has been an absolutely incredible celebration and affirmation of the importance of attending to urgent needs in the agricultural sector.”

Money raised is going to the Farming Community Network (England), the RSABI (Scotland), the DPJ Foundation (Wales), Embrace Farm (Ireland) and the Do More Agriculture Foundation (Canada).

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