A Gloucestershire charity that supports vulnerable young people and their families is urging people to put their best foot forward to help raise vital funds during lockdown.

Stroud-based The Door wants supporters to run, walk or cycle 100km during May as part of its 100K In May initiative. Money raised will ensure the charity is able to continue to provide vital mental health support.

Registrations for the challenge opened on Wednesday, April 22, with people from across the county being urged to #KeepTheDoorOpen.

Anne Townsend, operations and events coordinator at The Door, is leading the campaign and is one of eight staff members who have already signed up to do the 100km challenge.

Anne said: “By joining The Door’s 100K In May challenge you’ll be making an amazing difference to the lives of the families we support.

“You’ll also be ensuring you stay fit and health, too, so it’s good for you and it’s good for the people in society who need The Door’s support the most.”

The Door is seeing demand for its services grow during lockdown but is losing £500 every working day in income, with its youth centres and charity shop physically shut.

Tom Howard, chair of trustees of The Door, added: “I’d urge everyone, from seasoned marathon runners to those who have never done a physical challenge before, to visit the Facebook group we’ve set up and find out more.

“Each penny that’s raised will help us carry on our work with vulnerable young people and their families during this particularly challenging period. It is so important to reduce the effects of social isolation by connecting and supporting individuals and families using various online platforms.”

You can register to take part by visiting the Facebook page that The Door has set up: More information about 100K in May is available at:


100K In May – Are you up to the challenge?

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