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365 DAYS: Hemel Hempstead mum takes on charity challenge of running everyday for a year  

 Published on: 15th March 2022   |   By: Lizzie Ellis   |   Category: Uncategorized

A woman from Hemel Hempstead is taking on the impressive challenge of running every single day for a year, throughout 2022, to raise money for charity.

Hollie Curtis, a mother of a 9-month-old son, is aiming to run for 365 days consecutively to raise awareness and funds for the charity Pandas Foundation UK, which supports new parents struggling with their mental health. 

Hollie explained: “After the birth of my son, running became my way of coping with the overwhelming sensation of being a new parent. It offered me a chance to get out, be active and reset my head.

“Sometimes it would give me a chance to think about things and sometimes I wouldn’t think about anything at all, just run. Perinatal (during pregnancy and the first year of being a parent) depression affects one in 10 new parents, mums and dads alike. 

“It can be totally debilitating and leave you feeling like you are suffering alone. Wonderful charities and foundations like Pandas UK offer support, guidance and care to those who need it most. I was lucky, I found my way of coping, alongside amazingly supportive friends and family. 

“Not everyone is in this position and by taking on this challenge I hope to raise awareness and vital funds for this amazing cause. It may be 1km or 10km, but the main thing will be that I am out there every day.”

Hollie has been completing runs solo as well as with her son in a running buggie. 

She added that she has enjoyed the first few months of the challenge and is looking forward to her daily runs as the weather improves.

To donate to Hollie’s fundraiser visit https://pandasfoundation.enthuse.com/pf/hollie-runs-975ce or keep up with the journey on Instagram by searching ‘@hollierunseveryday’

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