SOLIHULL-based company Contigo are hoping to raise over £1,000 at the Blythe Valley 5k and 10k Fun Run to support locals with life-threatening conditions.
This year Contigo, a local energy software developer, will be running on behalf of charity Shine which provides money for research into treatments for Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida and support for sufferers.
It is a cause close to the team’s hearts after Contigo’s marketing assistant James Weavin, who suffers from Hydrocephalus, only recently returned to work after serious health complications resulted in a lengthy hospital stay.
“I was diagnosed at eight months old. I’ve pretty much had it my whole life,” said the 27-year-old, from Solihull.
“Shine provided a lot of support for my family when I was first diagnosed and it supports many others, as well as funding research into the conditions.
“After a spell in hospital, I returned to work and we were starting to talk about the Fun Run so I suggested supporting Shine. Everyone was really supportive.”
James will be joining the Contigo team alongside his fiancée Ashleigh Knights, ahead of the couple’s own special day.
“The added twist to the story is that the fun run takes place a day before I am due to get married,” James added.
“I had wanted to do the 10k but I thought, because of the next day, I better not risk it.
“I think that’s one of the reasons my fiancée is joining me, to make sure it all goes well.”
Members will be attempting to tackle either the 5 or 10k events in the Fun Run, held in Blythe Valley Park, Solihull on Sunday September 16.
To sponsor the team, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ShineShineContigo.