A WOMAN has pledged to run 500 miles to guarantee vulnerable older people a “five-star” Christmas party.
Debbie Archibald, 32, will have completed the equivalent distance of 19 marathons by the time she finishes her challenge in December.
Now almost halfway with 237 miles under her belt, Debbie, who lives in Bridge of Don, said she is determined to raise as much cash as possible to help the Granite City’s elderly.
She said: “I used to work as a carer for the elderly in their own homes – I did that for three years.
“Come Christmas time I saw people who didn’t have family on their own and quite lonely.
“These people have contributed a lot to society, so it is such a shame. I really felt for them.
“I am very big on family and I love Christmas – it is my favourite time of year – so to see them on their own was very sad.”
Debbie has pledged to run 500 miles in 51 weeks to raise cash for Contact the Elderly.
The charity hosts monthly Sunday tea parties, supported by volunteer drivers and hosts, giving the elderly people who attend some much-needed company.
Debbie said: “I am doing this so they can provide a five-star Christmas dinner with entertainment.”
To contribute to Debbie’s fundraising visit her JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/Deborah-Archibald11