Students win fundraising award

12.00 | 30 January 2013 |

Two Leeds University students, both been bereaved by road crashes, won Brake’s Fundraiser of the Year Award at a recent ceremony in the Houses of Parliament.

Georgia Mann and Sophie Macrae, from Suffolk and Perthshire respectively, ran the London Marathon in April 2012 and raised £19,000 for Brake, the road safety charity.

Georgia Mann said: “We’re delighted to receive this award. We just wanted to help others and support a worthy charity that makes a huge difference to people’s lives. It’s vital that organisations like Brake continue to campaign to make roads safer to prevent more people dying. I was very proud to be able to fundraise in memory of my Dad, and I’m proud to be given this award – it means a lot.”

Sophie Macrae said: “It is wonderful to know that our fundraising will help support people who have suffered a bereavement or injury from a road crash, and to try to stop others having to go through what we’ve been through. My sister always wanted to run the London Marathon and never got to do it, so it was a very emotional experience, but made worthwhile knowing that we raised valuable funds for Brake.”

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive for Brake, said: “Georgia and Sophie have shown incredible determination to make a difference following personal tragedy. Not only did they both conquer the gruelling London Marathon – a feat in itself – but they widely engaged and inspired others around them, reflected in the incredible £19,000 they raised. They both deserve recognition so Brake is delighted to give them this award.”

For more information contact Franki Hackett on 01484 550063.


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