Local runner looking to help Penny Appeal in pursuit of fresh clean water for others

PUBLISHED: 13:00 14 August 2017

A community event was held in Barking Park in aid of Penny Appeal

A community event was held in Barking Park in aid of Penny Appeal


A community run event at Barking Park has boosted a local runner’s bid to help provide fresh and clean water to those in need, writes Emdad Rahman.

Lynne Ali-Northcott has been running for two and a half years after being affected by personal tragedy and organised a 5k event to raise awareness of those who have little or no access to fresh and clean water.

She said: “I started by running the Race for Life after people who are close to me became affected by cancer, including my nan who sadly passed away. This sparked me off and I have since caught the running bug. I’ve kept pushing and have run 15 events so far.

“The event involves the running and non-running community and has been perfect in how it has displayed integration, diversity and the coming together of our community for a great cause.

“I learnt about Penny Appeal and like the idea of providing water for needy people and applied for a place in the 2018 London Marathon. My advice to potential runners is to overcome anxieties and join a running community. We’re a really friendly bunch and everyone is always welcome.”

Each runner, including those from Dagenham 88 Runners and Barking Road Runners, who took part earned a medal for their participation and support.

For millions of people in developing countries access to water is not as simple as turning on a tap. They have to walk for miles to reach the nearest source and when they get there the water is dirty and diseased and could kill them.

Clean water means healthier lives, improved livelihoods and, ultimately, a route out of poverty.

Ali-Northcott is running the 2018 Virgin London Marathon for Penny Appeal to help provide clean water to the needy. Each well costs £4,000 and she has set herself a target of £5,000.

The construction of an entire water well will serve a community day in, day out, providing fresh, clean water to stay hydrated and feed livestock and other animals so a source of income can be maintained.

Penny Appeal makes charity affordable and rewardable through its work in 30 crisis-hit countries, providing life-saving aid to the poor and needy to help alleviate poverty and transform lives for just pennies per day.

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