LOCAL couple Paul and Lindsay Gildroy are taking part in the Great North Run in order to raise money for the Whitby RNLI.
Both Paul and Lindsay work and have a great input at the Magpie Café in Whitby – Paul is the co-author of their two recipe books, and last year helped to put on a fundraising evening which gave back £1,100 to the Friends of Whitby Lifeboat.
When asked why they chose to support the RNLI, Paul Gildroy said: “The RNLI is a well-known charity with links to the local community. Most of the staff are volunteers, so the organisation is in need of donations.
“As both my wife and I work at the Magpie, we’re well aware that there are times when the fishermen need to rely on the lifeboats for their safety.”
Of course, there can be more than monetary motivations involved when taking part in an event such as the Great North Run.
Paul joked: “The training involved is great exercise – I’ve managed to lose two and a half stone.”
Anyone interested in helping to raise money can donate to a collection tin in the Magpie, or join in on SOS Day, the RNLI’s national fundraising day which takes place on Friday 27 January 2012.
For further information on charitable donations and events, please contact the RNLI’s regional office on 0161 7878779, or visit their website at www.rnli.org.uk/sos
The fundraising address is www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/gildroy