A woman from West Norfolk is taking on a special charity challenge – raising vital funds for a different cause each month.
Emma Littler, 27, of Southery, will be running, stepping, cycling and swimming as she completes an array of gruelling physical challenges.
Her efforts have already seen her complete 100 miles for the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) and half a million steps for the British Heart Foundation.
Miss Littler was spurred into action in January when she signed up to Run the Month for Prostate Cancer UK.
She said her mental health was a bit “run down” in the winter and her wedding plans were “up in the air”.
She saw the fundraiser on Facebook and decided to give it a go. She ran 26.2 miles during the month and raised £150 for the charity as her uncle and a close relative of her partner have prostate cancer.
Miss Littler was also due to take part in a MoonWalk for a breast cancer charity but it was cancelled due to Covid.
However, she said her charity challenge was born when it made her think of how many charities had struggled to fundraise during the pandemic.
Her initial aim had been to raise £100 each month but, having already smashed her target by raising £750 in four months, she said: “I am now looking for support in spreading the word further and hopefully getting more donations in for the charities as I would love it if I could go for the £2,400 target across the year.”
Miss Littler is currently cycling 250 miles for Macmillan Cancer Support. In May she will swim 1,416 lengths for the Eve Appeal, which supports women with gynaecological cancers, followed by a half marathon walk for Samaritans in June.
She said the walk will have “extra meaning” following the death of King’s Lynn man Lee Calton who used to work with her mother.
In July she plans to run 5k each day for 10 days for the Motor Neurone Disease Association and, although she hopes to get married in August, she still wants to take part in a Southery-based ride for the East Anglian Air Ambulance in memory of local man Phil Beeton.
In September, Miss Littler, an operations administrator at Crane Garden Buildings in Narford, plans to walk 10,000 steps a day and run 10 lots of 10k for Cancer Research UK.
Her October challenge will be a virtual London Marathon for the Alzheimer’s Society and will have a special meaning.
“We lost my gran last year to the terrible disease and it works out as a mile for every year I knew her,” she said.
November will be “marathon month” when Miss Littler plans to walk, run, cycle and swim marathon distances for mental health charity, Mind.
And she hopes her finale in December for the NHS will be a “big event” to say thank you to for all the work during the pandemic.
She has yet to decide on the challenge but plans to have a T-shirt with the names of people’s hero NHS workers.
To sponsor Miss Littler, visit www.justgiving.com and search for Emma Littler. to find her monthly fundraisers.