Around 80 people in Leeds – from toddlers through to senior citizens – joined the BAPS Annual 10K Challenge on Sunday 22 April 2018.
The annual charity Challenge organised by BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) brought together more than 3,200 enthusiastic participants from towns and cities across the UK for a fun and healthy way to raise money for various worthy causes and local charities.
The funds will go towards supporting St Gemma’s Hospice who provide the best possible care for people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses in Leeds locality.
The 2018 Challenge will also be supporting BAPS’s national charity partner, Carers UK, the country’s only national membership charity for carers. It aims to make life better for the 6.5 million people in the UK who are supporting a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill.
Previous national partners for BAPS and BAPS Charities have included Age UK, Alzheimer’s Society, the Anthony Nolan Trust, Barnardo’s, Breast Cancer Care, the British Heart Foundation, Diabetes UK, KIDS, and Macmillan Cancer Support.
The event kicked off shortly after 12 noon at Golden Acre Park. After the opening ceremony, walkers, joggers and runners moved along the 10-kilometre route around the park where there were snacks and refreshments for all participants. Marshals were stationed across the route for guidance and to support all the participants in the challenge.
Visal Patel, shared, “The Annual 10K Challenge is our way to support all the hard work that goes into these charities. The event was a fantastic success. We had the weather on our side and we all walked and ran together in unity. We're already looking forward to next year’s Challenge!”