A group will be running the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run to raise awareness and funds of Our Amy foundation.
A team of 7 are set to run the 10k in order to raise funds for Our Amy foundation which was set up after the tragic death of Amy Vigus following misuse of recreational drugs.
The foundation was established in January 2018 with the purpose of educating the local community on the misuse of recreational drugs. It educates young adults through school visits and awareness talks.
The foundation is based in Amy’s home town of Colchester and run by Amy’s family and close friends.
This is their way of keeping her name and memory alive by helping to prevent this happening to anyone else. Amy was involved in charitable work herself and she would be proud that her family are continuing her good work.
Amy was beautiful, intelligent and a kind-hearted, social person. She had everything to live for; her huge circle of family and friends, a great career, lots of charitable work planned, dreams to travel the world and her whole future ahead of her.
Unfortunately, one mistake led to her death when Amy was only 20-years-old.
She was at elrow Town, a music festival in London where she took an unknown substance she believed was a party drug MDMA. After a while her body rejected whatever unknown substance she had taken. This led to her being sick multiple times and fainting.
She managed to get home where she collapsed again. Her parents performed CPR and she was taken to the intensive care unit in hospital. Unfortunately, she fell into a coma and was pronounced dead on 21 August 2017.
Helen Drudge-Coates, a friend of Amy’s parents, said: “Losing Amy who was a very lovely, bubbly girl has been devastating for her family. She was a much-loved daughter and sister who made a mistake which cost her life.
“I have a son of similar age and as a parent would never ever want to be in the situation that Amy’s family now find themselves in. They are amazing people and will make a difference.”
47 year-old Helen, from Colchester, will be taking part in the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run 10k together with her family members to support Amy’s family and friends and contribute to the amazing work they do in raising awareness about drugs.
The 10k runs on the same day as the half-marathon and follows a shorter adaption of the half marathon course. After heading out from the start at George Square in the heart of Glasgow, participants will follow either route through the city before passing under McLennan Arch ahead of the finish line at Glasgow Green.
With the Toddler Dash, Junior Run and Family Mile taking place on Super Saturday, 29th September and both the 10k and half marathon on the Sunday, up to 30,000 runners of all ages and abilities are expected to take part.
For more information and to enter the bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run visit greatscottishrun.com
For more information on the Community Challenge visit greatscottishrun.com/community-challenge
You can follow the event on Twitter @GreatScotRun using #GreatScottishRun or www.facebook.com/GreatScottishRun
To support Our Amy foundation click here
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