I've decided to enter into the lockdown spirit by running a half marathon in the confines of my Mum's back garden. It will take a mere 528 laps to complete the 13.1 miles required. There won't be any cheering crowds, no stylish medal or bragging t-shirt. The scenery is going to be pretty samey and my Mum's already said she's not going to watch for too long as she'll get bored. So why would I put myself through such an ordeal? Why would I risk injury for an event I haven't trained for? For sponsorship of course! I'm raising money for Care4Calais.
I was last in Calais in January where the situation was largely the same as two years ago. Displaced people are living in smaller and smaller areas, crowded together, with regular police clearances. Now, some of the other charities have had to scale back or shut down due to various reasons connected to Coronavirus. Care4Calais have had to take on the responsibility of providing food for people to cook with, as this is the most hygienic way for everyone involved. This is costing the charity substantially more than their usual costs, and it means their usual services have been suspended.
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