02 Jul 2013

Forget marathons and 10ks. Real runners do the Doughnut Dash.

Doughnut Dash2012’s biggest sporting event was the Olympics. This year brings the Doughnut Dash in aid of Kidney Research UK.

The Doughnut Dash is a 5k run taking place on the 15th of September in the grounds of Colchester Castle. Participants, or ‘Doughnut Dashers’, will be required to scoff a whole ring doughnut at every kilometre.

Katie Taylor has organised the doughnut dash to generate awareness of kidney disease and raise funds for Kidney Research UK.

She said: “My husband suffers with a form of kidney disease and I am forever surprised and frustrated at the lack of information the medical experts have on the disease and what causes it.”

Katie knew she wanted to do something a little bit different. She came across a similar event in America, which inspired her to organise the Doughnut Dash. “I’ve reduced the distance and number of doughnuts though!” said Katie.

On the day Katie’s mother-in-law Pam will be running the gauntlet of doughnuts.

Katie opted to set up Pam’s fundraising page using MyDonate’s platform because it gives the largest amount directly to the charity.

Extra funds

She believes MyDonate has benefitted her cause: “It gives participants the ability to raise extra funds for the charity without charging the charity itself for the service,” she said.

Katie has set a target of £8k but hopes the unique event will raise closer to £10k. There also seems to be very little public awareness around kidney disease.

According to Kidney Research UK more than 6,000 people are waiting for a kidney, yet less than 3,000 transplants are carried out each year.

3,000 people a year die while on dialysis and more than 350 people a year die while waiting for a kidney transplant, that’s one person every day. The median waiting time for a kidney on the transplant list is about 1,000 days; it is 180 for a heart transplant.

She said: “For this reason, I am organising the run to raise money and awareness for Kidney Research UK and all profits made will go straight to the charity.”

Pam Taylor, Katie’s mother-in-law, will be leading the way as a Doughnut Dasher. You can see Pam’s MyDonate page here.

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