Blades Barbers team to tackle the Keynsham 10k for Made a Mark charity

August 03 2018
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A team of barbers from Keynsham are pulling on their running shoes in aid of a charity launched by a long-term customer.

The group, from Blades Barbers in the High Street, are running the revived Keynsham 10k in October and aim to raise £1,000 for Made a Mark.

The charity was set up by the family of Mark Knapp, a young father who died suddenly from an aortic dissection in February, leaving behind his wife and two children aged two and four.

Mark’s brother is a regular customer at Blades and the team have decided to help the new charity raise the funds it needs to be registered and eventually reach its goal of purchasing a holiday home to provide holidays for bereaved families.

Blades manager Helen Walker will be running with fellow barbers Enza Evans and Zoe Shepherd while colleague Hayley White provides admin and fundraising support.

Helen said: “It’s great they have brought back the Keynsham 10k and it was Enza’s idea to run it as a group to support this cause. We will all run the course together and see it through to the end as a team.”

As a warm-up, Helen, who is a keen long-distance runner, is also taking part in an ultra-marathon the week before. Raising money for the same cause, she will run 30 miles on a route around the edge of Bristol as part of The Green Man Ultra on September 29.

Anyone who would like to donate to the Blades team can go online to www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/makeamark

The Keynsham 10k is returning after a five-year gap on October 7 – find out more at www.fullonsport.com/event/keynsham10k/profile