Preston's deputy mayor is running the Manchester Marathon for Ingol charity
Neil Darby, the local councillor for Ingol, Cottam and Tanteron wants to give back to the Intact Centre in Preston.
Neil Darby, who is also the Liberal Democrat councillor for Ingol, Cottam and Tanterton, will be giving all the proceeds raised to Intact, as he hopes to give back to the community centre for all they’ve done for his constituency.
Neil, 34, said: “Intact have always been brilliant but over the past 18 months of the pandemic they’ve gone absolutely above and beyond, helping out people in the local community who have really been struggling and I don’t really know what would have happened if it wasn’t for all the work that Intact have put in.
"All of this has also been Intact spending their money at a time when their income streams have been severely hampered, so I thought if we could try and get some money back to them it would do so much good for them and for the community!”
To prepare for the marathon, which takes places on the 10 October, Neil says he has been going on runs around Ingol every other day, but has recently increased this to daily as the date drawers nearer.
Neil admitted: “I am nervous because, although I’ve done lots of long distance running before, I've never done something as ambitious as a marathon, but I’m probably as prepared as I can ever be for trying it for the first time!”
Despite his nerves, Neil's JustGiving page has already raised £200 of his £1000 goal in its first 24 hours, a number he only hopes increases over the next three weeks.
Neil said: “If people can donate that would be absolutely wonderful, they’d be helping one of the best local charities we’ve got in Preston, and helping them to support our community, so every little really does help.”
Commenting on Neil’s challenge, Denise Hartely MBE, the CEO of the Intact Centre said: “We’re absolutely delighted that Neil has chosen Intact, we have actually been part of the community's infrastructure since 1993, so it’s great that he’s supporting us.”
The Intact Centre will also be helping Neil with his fundraising by encouraging their own volunteers to “walk for Ingol” as well, in order to raise awareness of Neil's Manchester Marathon and encourage more donations.
Denise said: "We want to try to pick up momentum by getting more people around Ingol involved because it gets people out and about before we enter into Autumn, and if we can get behind Neil and rally support, then we can help him reach his target of £1000, which would be really great, that money will help us invest even more in local services for local people."
To sponser Neil's Manchester Marathon visit his justgiving page.