A kind-hearted teenager from Southport is running two miles every day this month after being inspired by his two cousins who both struggle with disabilities.
Rowan Munro, aged 15, was joined by the first team squad at Southport Football Club on Saturday as he ran a lap around the Haig Avenue pitch before their game against Hereford.
Today (Monday 27th February) he is running at Meols Cop High School, with staff and students invited to donate.
All money raised is going towards the Rainbow Hub, a charity based in Mawdesley which improves the lives of disabled children and their families.
Rowan has raised nearly £2,000 already through his efforts. He said:
“I decided I would like to do this because I have two cousins Jess and Noah both of whom have struggled with disabilities for their whole lives.
“Rainbow Hub is a charity which helps young children with disabilities to get the best quality of life they possibly can, but does not receive any funding from the government.
“It relies purely on donations so this is my way of helping them.
“Doing this will help so many young people and with your donations we can help even more kids so please donate now it truly is a good cause.”
A Meols Cop High School spokesperson said:
“Calling all students and staff! Join our incredible Rowan Munro on one of his last two mile runs on Monday!
“Rowan has been running at least two miles each day, for the last month, raising funds for a cause close to our hearts, the Rainbow Hub.
“Bring your trainers and some coins for his second to last run on Monday.”
On Saturday Rowan was delighted to run a lap around the Haig Avenue pitch before Southporty FC started their usual pre-match warm-up routine.
Southport’s Head of Commercial and Operations Steve Dewsnip said:
“We are inundated with requests to promote many worthy causes on our media channels every week and simply are unable to do so. However, when Rowan approached us with his brother Finley a few weeks ago, we were keen to not just wish him all the best but to find a unique way of helping and showing our support. By involving all the players in this way, we did just that.”
Rainbow Hub is a special charity that supports children with disabilities from across the North West. Through providing specialist services, Rainbow Hub empowers disabled children to live more active, independent and happy lives.
Rainbow Hub’s Head of Fundraising, Katherine Nelson said:
“As a charity, we need to raise £700,000 per year to provide the level of support that we currently do. We are extremely grateful to Rowan for setting himself such an epic challenge for Rainbow Hub and for raising such a wonderful amount of money.”
Two of Rowan’s cousins, Jess and Noah, have struggled with disabilities throughout their whole lives and have been helped by Rainbow Hub over many years.
“Rowan’s determination, effort and commitment to both running and fundraising has been outstanding and it is heart-warming that he has been inspiring others to run with him. Rainbow Hub would like to thank everyone at Southport FC for supporting Rowan through his challenge!”
Rowan has already exceeded his initial fundraising target of £1,000, plus his subsequent target of £1,500 too.
Steve Dewsnip said:
“Rowan has done a magnificent job already and I know that Rainbow Hub has also been blown away by the response and support he has had.”
Should you wish to donate in support of Rowan’s efforts you can do so online at https://sfc1888.uk/rowan