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17 Apr 2019

An Isle of Man resident has donated £3,000 to three charities, after completing a series of fundraising challenges throughout 2018.

Throughout 2018, Douglas-based Abbie Cooke took part in 11 separate events over 12 months, which tested both her physical and mental and strength, all in the name of three charities which benefit Island residents.

In total she walked 115.2 miles, ran 25.5 miles and cycled 33 miles, not including all the training mileage. That’s 28 hours, 27 minutes of walking and 4 hours,18 minutes of running!

‘Cookie’s Monster Challenge’, as named by Abbie, involved a series of walking, running and cycling events to raise money for Age Concern, Alzheimer’s Society Isle of Man and The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

Over the 12 months, Abbie took part in:

• Port St Mary, Gansey, Castletown and Port Erin New Year Dips, dressed as the Cookie Monster
• The Anglesey 10km run
• The 50km Firefighters Memorial Walk
• The Bushy’s 10km Road Race
• Longest Day Longest Ride
• The Parish Walk–Jurby, 45miles
• The End to End Walk
• The Syd Quirk Half Marathon

Helen Southworth, Chief Executive of Age Concern Isle of Man, said: ‘Abbie is an inspiring young woman who dedicated huge amounts of time, energy and commitment to raise money for causes she is passionate about.

‘We are so grateful she chose Age Concern as one of the charities and look forward to putting the money to good use. Without the generous support of people like Abbie, we wouldn't be able to help the thousands of people on our Island who benefit from our service, we are truly thankful.’

Abbie said: ‘My husband took part in the three running events and was my support throughout, he was fantastic at keeping me going. A big thank you for the generous sponsorship of my employer, Panacea Pharma Projects, and my family, friends and colleagues – without their support there’s no way I would have reached £3,000 as my final total.

‘Age Concern is a truly inspiring charity in our community and I’m so happy I was able to donate £1,000 to help support the incredible work that they do.

Abbie Cooke with Helen Southworth from Age Concern 1