#fundraiserfriday: “Mum would have been my number one supporter”

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The charity

Kirsty Mackay, not content with just one fundraising challenge, has decided to do 40 things before she turns 40. She is taking on this challenge to fundraise for the charity Beat, the UK’s leading charity supporting anyone affected by eating disorders or difficulties with food, weight and shape.

Kirsty’s mum, who suffered from an eating disorder, sadly and unexpectedly, died in 2012. Kirsty says “I know that she would have been my number one supporter throughout all the events I will be taking part in this year.

The challenge

Kirsty tells us that the reason behind taking on 40 challenges to celebrate turning 40 this year was “to prove that age is just a number and you can do anything if you put your mind to it“. She then decided to add an extra angle to the challenge by asking friends and family to nominate challenges for her to do, as a way to spend time with people who are important to her.

Challenges range from running the Virgin Money London Marathon – which Kirsty says was the event she was most looking forward to and didn’t disappoint; “I loved every minute of it” – to holding a spider for one minute, a challenge given to her by her Dad!

Kirsty also took part in the fantastic Spartan Race – a mixture of running and taking on weird and wonderful obstacles – and next week will be taking part in the Great Scottish Swim; the challenge she is most nervous about as she admits she is not a strong swimmer.

Help Kirsty

You can support Kirsty in her 40 challenges by donating to her fundraising page.

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