SWINDON BUSINESS TEAM RUNS THOUSANDS OF KILOMETRES IN MEMORY OF OSCAR 

Latest news from Karl & Charlotte Paul, Oscar’s 10 for 10

In memory of Oscar, a group of Swindon business buddies – and one from 10,519 miles away in Port Campbell, Australia – have covered almost 5,000 kms to fundraise. All in memory of baby Oscar Paul who died ten years ago. 

They all joined Oscar’s dad Karl in a sponsored running challenge throughout July. Karl and his wife Charlotte had planned to raise £10,000 for charity during 2020 – to mark what would have been Oscar’s tenth birthday. 

They had a range of events to reach their target and then lockdown and Covid-19 scuppered their plans. Yet undeterred, Karl’s friend, Andy Rohrer, presented him with a new strategy.

The runners - In memory of Oscar
Karl Paul from Smarter Media, completing Oscar’s 10 for 10 challenge. July run, 496k in Wiltshire.Photos by Barbara Leatham Photography, taken on August 6th 2020 in Lydiard Park, Swindon, Wiltshire.

Karl said: “Having to work from home and being unable to ‘do’ a lot of things made me think about running and keeping fit. I decided to challenge myself to run on a regular basis and Andy came up with the idea of running for Oscar. So we aimed to run 1km on July 1, 2km on July 2, 3km on July 3 and to keep going up to July 31.

Motivation

“Doing this in Oscar’s name motivated me and I knew if I could do it I would run 496km throughout the month. Then, to my surprise, various friends in business said they’d join me. 

“It’s been amazing, and very hard work, very early starts as I’m trying to run my business as well. As I approached the last week, I realised I’d be moving up to six hours a day which was a challenge.” 

Karl, who runs digital marketing agency and lead generation company Smarter Media, had several friends join him, including Andy Rohrer.

Andy said: “This was easily one of the hardest yet most rewarding things I’ve ever done. Being spurred on by the others was a major help and the real motivator was the reason we were doing it. This kept us all going towards the end during the most difficult moments.” 

Thanks to the team effort, they’ve smashed the current target of £10,000 with more than £13,600 raised so far.

Where the money will go

Karl and his wife, who live in Rodbourne Cheney, will donate the money they’ve raised to the Ronald McDonald House in Bristol which gave them support at the worst time in their lives when Oscar was born prematurely. 

Those who joined Karl on his epic challenge were: 

Rob Curtis  – of Smarter Media 
Ashley Cain – founder of Moovahome
Andy Rohrer – founder of Tiger Plant
Lee Flanagan – founder of Centraheat & CAL Solutions
Marc Stephens – team leader at Honda 
Graeme Leighfield – founder of GEL Studios
Matt Johnson – IT manager in the energy industry 
James Linley – railway manager for Crossrail
Lance Tucker – Sunshine Window Cleaning
Vicki McCulloch – TRAK Employment Solutions
Sharon Cotton – from Port Campbell, Australia

Oscar

Oscar was born at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon on June 7 2010 25 weeks and two days’ gestation. He was so small he was transferred to St Michael’s Hospital in Bristol for care in their specialist neo natal unit. 

Since Oscar died the couple have already raised more than £30,000 in his memory. They will add at least £12,000 to that total in 2020. Anyone who wants to support the Paul family can do so by donating here:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/oscars10for10

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