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Harrogate man takes on Stray marathon challenge

A Harrogate man is set to run his own 'Stray marathon' to raise vital funds for Citizens Advice Craven, who have been affected by Covid-19.

A Harrogate man is set to run his own 'Stray marathon' to raise vital funds for Citizens Advice Craven. Dr. Neil (Doug) Munro was due to run the London marathon in April 2020 before it was suspended due to COVID-19. Determined to still raise funds for this vital local charity, Doug has decided to instead run his own ‘Stray marathon’ on the morning of Sunday 11th October, running a 2-mile circuit 13 times around the famous parkland.  Doug commented:

“I have been working as a volunteer at Citizens Advice since 2015 and have become aware of the important work being done to support people in our community. "Citizens Advice Craven and Harrogate is an independent charity and relies on donations to be able to continue to help people who often have serious difficulties”. 
CEO of Citizens Advice Craven and Harrogate Districts, Edward Pickering said:
"The suspension of fundraising and sponsored events, like the London marathon, has hit the finances of local charities like ours hard. "It’s great that local people like Doug are coming up with innovative ways to still help us raise money, which in turn allow us to help more people to navigate changes to individual circumstances, and those changing rules and regulations as a response to COVID-19.”
In the six months since lockdown was announced, CACHD have advised over 1,500 people on over 4,500 different issues, including what support and benefits they are entitled to claim, people’s rights in the workplace, changing rules around the furlough scheme and redundancy entitlements.  You can donate to CACHD via Doug’s JustGiving page at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/doug-munro17  For advice, email CACHD via the website www.cachd.org.uk or contact our North Yorkshire Adviceline on 0300 3309 036 (calls cost the same as those to 01 and 02 numbers) Read more local stories from Your Harrogate here.

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