Paul Masterton, MP for East Renfrewshire took part in St Cadocs Youth Club’s 5000-mile challenge last weekend to fundraise for a new sporting facility. The club managed to collectively run 5138 miles in 24 hours thanks to hundreds of volunteers.
The MP ran 20 laps of the Eastwood High School track to help the club get on their way to the 5000-mile target. In all, Paul’s office including family and friends nearly managed to break 100 laps.
The East Renfrewshire club had several famous faces supporting their campaign to purchase their own sporting facility, including the Proclaimers, Jim Delahunt, Celtic’s Pat Bonner and Still Game star Sanjeev Kohli.
£100,000 is needed to purchase a new facility and although the club still have some fundraising to do, they are hopeful of reaching their target.
You can find their donation page here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/stcadocs
Paul Masterton, MP for East Renfrewshire commented:
“It was great to take part in helping SCYC achieve their target. I hope the contribution from my staff and I helped. Having seen them reach their 5000-mile goal was wonderful and a reason to celebrate amidst the sore legs I had the morning after. Well done to Craig, Stephen and the whole team for putting together such a great community event. Now to crack that £100,000 target!”
Stephen Ramage, St Cadoc’s 5000 Mile Chairman:
“Firstly we’d like to thank Paul and his staff for coming along to support the event, especially on a Sunday morning during his free time. As Paul intimated, this was the biggest sponsorship event East Renfrewshire has ever seen with over 1700 runners and hundreds more family members and helpers coming together as an entire community sports club. Having exceeded our 5000 mile target, we now hope to achieve our ultimate aim of raising £100,000 which will enable us to obtain our own sporting facility for the future generations of St Cadoc’s Youth Club.”
Craig Forbes, St Cadoc’s Youth Club Committee Member
"The funds raised from the 5000 miles challenge is essential as we want to expand our already successful football and netball activities to be more fully representative of the area where we live in. Our own facility would enable us to provide sporting activities to a broader range of our community for example football/netball for young people with additional support needs, walking football and netball for the over 55s and ultimately we hope to create a sporting hub that will benefit the whole of the Newton Mearns community and beyond for future generations to enjoy."