This summer, Nicki joined #TeamFamilyFund to complete 100K her way and raise funds for families raising disabled or seriously ill children.

After getting started running with Couch to 5K during July, Nicki was ready for her next challenge to take her through summer. Her two nephews, Harry and Billy, have both received support from Family Fund in the past. Harry has cerebral palsy, affecting his movement and coordination and Billy has Prader-Willi Syndrome, a rare chromosome defect, Nicki really wanted to give something back on their behalf.

“I was looking for something that would inspire me to continue my own journey of trying to become a healthier person both mentally and physically and the 100k’s of summer felt like it would be a challenge.”

With the goal set, Nicki decided to run her entire 100k by switching up between shorter runs of 3k and longer runs of up to 10k. To stay on track, Nicki favoured the Strava app which calculated all the individual runs and added up the distance. Not only that, Billy and his little sister Phoebe made a special chart, which they would colour in for every 5k Nicki completed.

As with any fundraising goal, seeing the first sponsorship come in was a big motivator for Nicki; “I knew then that I had to complete what I had set out do” She even took her running trainers on holiday!

“If you believe you can do it, then you will.”

Having never used JustGiving before, Nicki was unsure how it would work but, in the end, found it quite easy. “I set up my page and used the links to share on social media to really keep it at the forefront of everyone’s mind.” 

I’m very grateful to the people that took the time to read my just giving page and sponsor me.”

And all of her hard work paid off. Nicki completed her goal way ahead of schedule and managed to more than double her initial fundraising target through the support and generosity of friends, family and her sponsors.

For anyone else looking to fundraise Nicki suggests; “do something you will feel proud to have achieved at the end of it. But also, do something that offers a challenge so, when people sponsor you, you know that you’ve had to work hard for that sponsorship.”

If you’ve been inspired by Nicki’s achievement, take a look at how you can help and get involved with fundraising of your own!