Dashers raise £11,000 for Durrell

THE first-ever ‘virtual’ Durrell Dasher, which took place last month, raised £11,000 to support the work of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.

Ben Videgrain was awarded a 'best-dressed' prize for completing the 6km run in a Christmas elf outfit. Picture: Nicola Eastwood (RubyPR) (30024567)
Ben Videgrain was awarded a 'best-dressed' prize for completing the 6km run in a Christmas elf outfit. Picture: Nicola Eastwood (RubyPR) (30024567)

Although the annual running event – which usually takes place on a single day and sees hundreds of people take to the roads – was cancelled last year due to Covid-19 restrictions, it went ahead ‘virtually’, with Islanders participating throughout December.

Those who took part dressed up in festive fancy-dress outfits and ran or walked six kilometres. Prizes were awarded to the best dressed ‘Dashers’ as well as to the team that raised the most money – the Dawdling Dodos.

Director of communications and fundraising Alexandra Shears said: ‘We are so grateful to all the runners for signing up and being part of the Virtual Durrell Dasher. Their amazing efforts are helping to support Durrell’s vital work protecting threatened wildlife and restoring precious habitats across the globe. We are already looking forward to the next Durrell Dasher, thanks to the continued support of Rathbones, and we hope that Islanders will choose to take part in this festive fun run once again.’

Cat Davies, who was awarded a prize for being the highest individual fundraiser, said: ‘Thank you so much for organising the event and making it happen despite all that 2020 threw at us. I had completely fallen off the bandwagon with my exercising and this gave me the motivation to sort myself out.

‘Now I’m back to going out running two or three times a week and I definitely wouldn’t be without the Dasher, and I’m feeling so much happier and healthier.’

This year’s Durrell Dasher, sponsored by Rathbones, is scheduled to take place on Sunday 5 December.

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