A HIGH WYCOMBE woman who lost her mum to suicide is running the ‘Samarathon’ in aid of the Samaritans.

Kerry Hargest, 48, has so far raised an impressive £3,678 and is aiming for £4,000.

The Samarathon is a virtual marathon initiative that you fit in around your life throughout the month of July.

The 26 miles could be made up of a simple lunchtime walk, an evening run or jog or a dog walk.

The idea came about during lockdown as a way to support the charity.

Kerry said: “This is my first Samarathon. I am not a runner but my mum and dad have both inspired me to take on this challenge. Samaritans is an amazing charity and is there for people who are funding life tough.

“I have always received support whenever I have struggled with anxiety and depression but some people are not as lucky as me.

“The charity is important, until recently my dad was a volunteer on the phones.

“Although all charities are under pressure, the calls that the Samaritans receive can be demanding and upsetting.

“The volunteers are truly amazing like my dad. I am so proud to be running for the charity.”

Samaritans wants to motivate more people to get active to improve their mental wellbeing, rather than focus on a physical endurance challenge that requires participants to run 26.2 miles in one stretch.

The Samarathon invites the nation to go at their own pace, take part this summer and raise money to help them be there for those struggling to cope.

Samaritans CEO Ruth Sutherland said: “While we don’t know how long we’ll be observing social distancing and government guidance on daily exercise, this is a challenge you can do on your own, with members of your household, or join with friends, family and work mates virtually, supporting each other’s progress wherever you are. 

“Now more than ever we know getting active works wonders for your mental health. Samarathon is a great goal to motivate people to go at that their own pace.

“Whatever your age or ability, it’s a challenge, to do in your time, at your pace, wherever you live or work.

“This fitness-fundraising initiative is focused on feeling good. We hope supporters will encourage their friends and family of all ages to take part as a challenge enjoy.”

You can donate to Kerry’s marathon effort at samarathon2020.everydayhero.com/uk/kerryhargest