By Rachael Grealish
The group behind Cumbria’s Marathon Man, Team 365, are finalists for BBC Make A Difference Awards, ‘The Together Award.’
The group’s nomination was confirmed yesterday, May 3, when Team 365’s social media manager, Amy Caddy, posted the news on social media.
She said: “Tonight I took a phone call from BBC Radio Cumbria to inform me that Team 365 had been nominated for their Together Award in the BBC Make A Difference Awards.
“Not only have we been Nominated but we are FINALISTS in this category. We now have to wait until September for the results but either way, we are all really happy just to of been nominated.”
‘The Together Award’ is awarded to an individual or group of people who inspire diverse communities to come together. They do this by creating real change and breaking down barriers, bringing people from different walks of life together for a common cause, according to The BBC.
Team 365 are the group in the background getting the word out about Gary McKee’s cause as he ran 365 consecutive marathons in 2022 to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and Hospice at Home West Cumbria.
This was Gary’s third incredible marathon challenge after running 100 marathons in 100 days and 110 in 110 days in previous years.
It was during the last challenge Amy said the team – made up of Amy, Oliver Hodgson (Platinum Live founder), Bill Arnott, Elwyn Evans and Katherine Gaston – built up around Gary.
She told The Herdwick: “The team has had a fantastic journey, before the start of the 110 I only knew Elwyn and together we worked and achieved what we wanted.
“During the 110 we met Katherine Gaston up at Rowrah where she came to support Gary and we instantly became friends.
“Leading on from this when Gary announced his 365 challenge the three of us instantly knew we wanted to be involved.
“This is where we met Oliver. Oliver joined the team and it was fabulous to work together and all share skills to spread the word about Gary and more friendships have been formed.”
With the help of the team, Gary raised over £1 million for the charities and has been selected as one of King Charles II Coronation Champions.
Make a Difference Award ceremonies are taking place across England from September 2023 when the team will find out if they have won.
[…] Gary McKee has recently completed a year-long fundraising challenge, running 365 consecutive marathons throughout 2022, during which he raised £ 1.2 million pounds, splitting the total between Hospice at Home West Cumbria and Macmillan Cancer Support. […]
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