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82-Year-Old Vegan To Run 100km For Animal Sanctuary Fundraiser

by | June 1, 2020

An 82-year-old vegan is planning to run 100km to raise money for Dean Farm Trust animal sanctuary.

Paul Youd — who lives in Somerset, UK — took up running at the end of March this year and is now putting his new hobby to good use.

“I wanted to challenge myself and do something to help the rescued animals at Dean Farm Trust” said Youd, in an email to Raise Vegan.

“Animals In Need”

“They do such amazing work to rescue animals in need and they are really struggling at the moment, with many of their funding sources affected by the Coronavirus. Running was something I could learn from the safety of my home.”

“Since I began running, just 8 weeks ago, I’ve had no aches and pains – apart from a bit of stiffness if I sit too long. Whenever I’ve completed a run, I’ve always felt there was more in the tank.”

“I’m pretty confident I can meet this challenge!”

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The animal sanctuary is home to hundreds of animals (Volodymyr Burdiak/Shutterstock.com)

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The vegan runner — who has followed a plant-based diet for 15 years — plans to run 10km every day for ten consecutive days, starting on June 21.

Dean Farm Trust is located in South Wales, and relies entirely on donations, the local community, and volunteers to keep it going.

“A Wonderful Supporter”

“Running a 10km is no mean feat, but to run a 10km ten times in ten days is incredible – at any age!” said Mary Frankland, co-founder of the animal sanctuary, in an email to Raise Vegan.

“Paul has been a wonderful supporter of our sanctuary and we can’t wait to follow along with his run. We are so grateful to Paul for fundraising for us, especially during these difficult times.”

Click here to support Paul Youd on his run and learn more about the sanctuary.


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