Grant Saw’s 200km challenge

A team of solicitors from local firm Grant Saw are aiming to clock-up 200km each this March to raise vital funds for BLG Mind.

Charlotte, Daniel, Imelda, Jayne, Lauren, Lisa, Maria, Michael, Randeep, Ray, Saad and Simran from the South East London legal firm, who have named us their Charity of the Year 2020/2021, plan to run or cycle 200km, or to walk 10,000 steps a day, during the month.

It’s the latest and most challenging of Grant Saw’s fitness fundraising efforts for our mental health and dementia services. In September last year, a team ran 100km each, and in July 2020 they held a money-raising online yoga session.

One of the runners is paralegal Lauren Smith, pictured above, who runs with a carbon fibre leg after losing her right leg in a road traffic accident in 2012.

Lauren said: “I started running on a carbon fibre sports leg in the first lockdown using the Couch to 5k app, then progressing to 10k two-three times a week. 

“I had to get my leg adjusted last week as I’ve lost almost a stone now through running and it was too loose and had started slipping off.

“When I heard about the 200km challenge I was keen to get involved and push my running to a new level for the month. So far, I have run 70km this month and find it refreshing to get out before I start work and it certainly sets me up for the day and makes me feel more motivated for the day ahead. Huge thanks to everyone who has sponsored us so far.”

The team has now reached the halfway point of their challenge, raising nearly £2,000 in the process. If you would like to support their fantastic effort – and help us be there when it matters for people living with mental health problems and dementia in Bromley, Lewisham and Greenwich – visit their Just Giving page.

Take on your own challenge

Would you like to help us help local people in need? Why not get a team of friends or colleagues together and run, trek, cycle, get muddy – or come up with own challenge. For inspiration, check out our fundraising pages.