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Galloway's chairman Simon Booth and his family take on 1,000km challenge to raise funds

Updated: Sep 10


The Booth family: Simon, Grace, Arthur, with Margot the dog, Mavis, Jill and Harry


For Galloway's chairman and retired supermarket director Simon Booth, fundraising is a real family affair.


Simon, who has been involved with the sight loss charity for more than 40 years, has signed up to the Great North Run Solo virtual event.


But he won’t be doing it alone, as he has roped in his wife Jill, and five children Beatrice, 20, Grace, 18, 16-year-old twins Harry and Scarlett-Tillie, and Arthur, 11, to join him.


Even Simon’s 91-year-old mum Mavis, who has dementia, will be walking laps around her garden and occasionally using her wheelchair.



Simon Booth with his mum Mavis


To add to their challenge, they have set themselves a combined target of 1,000km by the event deadline of September 13.


All funds raised will go towards helping Galloway’s continue supporting blind and partially sighted people across Lancashire and Sefton.


Simon, who is a retired family director of Booths supermarket, said: “Our family has been involved with Galloway’s since the beginning, as both my father and grandfather were chairmen.


“Our family has a business in Preston, Booths, and we have always supported the charity, so we are really proud to be associated with Galloway’s. We want the charity to be successful in helping people with sight loss lead more independent lives.


“My children also actively support Galloway’s, as they have visited the centre in Penwortham and helped with activities. My two eldest daughters have also assisted during trips to the Lake District and had great fun.


“We have some runners in my family and they were looking for an activity to do. They found the Great North Run Solo, where participants complete 40 runs from June 28 to September 13, and my wife came up with the idea of us all joining together to have a goal of running or walking 1,000km.


“There will be eight of us in total. Hopefully, my mum, who is 91, will be able to contribute a few kilometres. She will walk around the garden and if she finds that difficult, she will use her wheelchair. I will also be walking.


“We wanted to do this to benefit others and as I am the chairman of Galloway’s, it was key for me to show my support.”


The family will use running app Strava to keep a log of their distance and some members will even perform one run blindfolded.


Simon added: “It is one thing to raise money but it is also important for us to be aware of how difficult it would be for a blind or partially sighted person to run and experience the hazards.”


The Booths family started the challenge at the end of June.

Simon added: “It will certainly push us, but hopefully we will have reached 1,000km by September 13.

“We want to do our very best and raise as much money as we can for Galloway’s.

“The trigger for us is looking at what we can do to help provide more independence and a better quality of life for people who use our services.

“Hopefully people will give generously and raise money for the best cause I can think of.”


To support Simon and his family, visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/TheBoothFamily1000kNorthenRun


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