Durrington breast cancer fundraiser getting help from Olympic swimmer

Durrington breast cancer fundraiser getting help from Olympic swimmer

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:49am 27th February 2020.

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Carl Orme is hoping to raise £20,000 throughout this year, and is set to host his biggest event yet.

Carl's known locally as the 'pink runner' for his determination to complete 20 marathon distance challenges, in support of Breast Cancer Now.

He's also been seen around Salisbury doing bucket collections while dressed all in pink.

Carl Orme Tesco Extra Salisbury Breast Cancer Now bucket collection
You might have spotted Carl collecting in places like Salisbury's Tesco Extra on Southampton Road

His latest fundraiser will be a sportsman's dinner at Salisbury Football Club tomorrow night (Friday February 28th).

The guest of honour will be former Olympic swimmer and TV Gladiator, Sharron Davies.

He's told Spire FM that the support he's had from people involved in the event is really important to him: 

"I've got the Salisbury Plain Military Wives Choir singing - meeting all the ladies and talking about what I'm doing, their reaction really buoyed me and gave me a bit more enthusiasm and energy for it all. Sharron Davies is going to be doing a presentation and Q&A session - she's personally been affected as a friend and colleague of hers died before she was 50 of breast cancer, so it's a charity close to her heart as well."

As part of the event, Carl's also gathered a number of lots for a charity auction.

Tickets for the night are still available, for £30 per person.

They're available by contacting Carl by email on bcn2020challenge@hotmail.com

WHY'S HE DOING IT? 

Carl started his fundraising journey as his mum has battled breast cancer herself, twice. 

Carl Orme from Durrington raising money for Breast Cancer Now in 2020
Carl with his mum during one of his charity collections

The married father of three is fitting in all his charity efforts around his work and home life, saying he feels like it's something he 'needs to do' to support those going through similar circumstances.

Carl told Spire FM the bucket collections he's done over recent months are an emotional rollercoaster: 

"I spoke to a lady there who'd had her 50th bout of chemotherapy recently, she said she might not make Christmas this year. As we're talking through the implications of that, tears streaming down all of our faces - you think 'this is why I'm doing this'. On a happier note, I've had three ladies who I've spoken to while I'm collecting, that admitted they've had mammograms just by seeing the van around, were diagnosed and caught it so early that they've managed to clear it."

WHAT'S LEFT? 

He'll keep taking part in running events and fundraising in the community.

Carl's been updating his social media with details of his progress, including a video from the end of the Wokingham Half Marathon last weekend (Saturday 22nd February): 

Carl's now raised more than £2,000 towards his target and is looking for more donations. 

He's set up a JustGiving page for Breast Cancer Now. 

The charity's said they're 'happy' to have Carl's support throughout 2020.

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