Makita UK has donated pink cordless drill drivers to Team Run 12 as a contribution towards its challenging fund raising programme.
Lead by Becky ‘Bexx Star’ Beard, the team’s aim is to raise £25,000 for Cancer Research UK and Breast Cancer Care in 2014.
Ms Beard has set herself a goal to run 12 marathons in 12 months, including London, Wales and New York, and having now completed nine of the events, the team has already raised £19,000.
“What a spectacular effort, by someone who claims not to be a runner, and all for a great cause,” said Kevin Brannigan, marketing manager at Makita UK. “In our own charity of the year event just a few years ago, also in support of Breast Cancer Care, Makita launched a pink cordless drill driver, of which, £5 was donated for every drill sold. The proceeds helped us to raise £70,000 for the charity, so we are delighted to donate some of these special edition drills to the team’s online competitions and quiz night raffle later in November.”
Ms Beard said: “Running nine marathons so far has been a huge challenge for me personally, but it has been mentally rewarding too and has helped me to start to come to terms with this illness.
“I have only been running since January 2013 when I was asked to run the London Marathon by Breast Cancer Care. At that stage I couldn’t even run a kilometre so a 26.2 mile marathon wasn’t on my radar. Eighty-eight days later, I crossed the finish line and handed a cheque worth £11,000 to Breast Cancer Care. As a result, I have dedicated this year to training, fundraising and participating in full marathons, on average one every month. That’s almost 315 marathon miles and many, many more spent in training.”
Mr Brannigan concluded: “Becky has fallen in love with fundraising but she has also made it a truly worthwhile reality. She believes in herself and so do we. Everyone at Makita UK wishes Team Run 12 continued success and we hope Becky and the team have the capacity and motivation to keep on running beyond 2014.”