Marathons on the minds of Ray and Tim in charity efforts

A sales manager and a care home’s entertainments co-ordinator are at opposite ends of a challenge to raise money for charity the hard way.

Ray Carthy (46) of Spalding did the gruelling 28-mile Flete Coastal Marathon in Devon, including a 5,000ft climb, and has raised almost £600 so far for Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

I always like raising money for charity in order to give something back and the Air Ambulance is a cause that everybody benefits from.

Ray Carthy

But September’s Great North Run half-marathon is waiting for Tim Ulyatt (24) of Gosberton who works at Cedar Falls Care Home, Spalding, and will be running for The Alzheimer’s Society.

Tim said: “I’ve done it twice before and enjoyed it because the atmosphere is really brilliant and the support is great.

“But since working at Cedar Falls in October 2012, I’ve become passionate about raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society after taking my first step into working with people who have dementia.

“I’d never worked in the area before, but you do find ways of getting through to the residents with dementia by using music and other reminders of their past.

“To prepare for the Great North Run, I’m training with Bourne Town Harriers four nights a week and I’d like to raise as much as I can for a really good cause.”

Meanwhile, Ray satisfied his hunger for challenges when he finished the coastal marathon last month in seven hours, 39 minutes.

“I always like raising money for charity in order to give something back and the Air Ambulance is a cause that everybody benefits from,” Ray said.

“Fortunately, there were no injuries from the coastal marathon, except sore legs and knees because of the hilly nature of the course.

“But I might do the same event next year to try and complete it in a faster time.”

To support Ray, go to http://www.justgiving.com/owner-email/pleasesponsor/RayCarthy and to help Tim, call Cedar Falls Care Home on 01775 713233.