Runner Smashes her Good Life Project Fundraising Target

Tuesday, 11th September 2018

A 26-year-old woman who used Pendle Leisure Trust’s Good Life Project to get her life back on track, has said “thank you” by raising hundreds of pounds to help keep the Pendle community project going.

Fabia Slaughter raised £340 by completing The Great North Run in Newcastle on Sunday. Her time was 2 hours, 18 minutes and 14 seconds.

The Good Life Project in Nelson is a therapeutic, horticultural programme run by Pendle Leisure Trust and funded by the Big Lottery – Reaching Communities Programme. Its main aim is to get people out of the house and in to a safe and non-judgemental environment, while benefitting from being out in the fresh air, being close to nature and learning new skills.

It gives people a chance to grow their own produce and help to develop skills such as nurturing, caring, concentration and co-operation in a fun, friendly and healthy environment.

Fabia said: “I was ill and had become isolated. I didn’t want to leave the house or be bothered with anyone. I saw a poster for the Good Life Project and thought I would give it a go. I hadn’t done any gardening before, but I found it very therapeutic.

Everyone was so nice and kind and I was pleasantly surprised that no one asked questions or judged me. Spending time at the project made a real difference.”

Now back in full time work as an assistant psychologist at Salford Hospital, Fabia wanted to give something back to the community project that had helped her so much.

Fabia started running 12 months ago and wanted to set herself a goal, so she applied for the Great North Run and chose the Good Life project as the recipient of her sponsor money.

Pendle Leisure Trust’s Grant Funding/Project Manager, Kathy Titterton, added: “The Good Life Project relies on funding and can only keep going as long as we have the money to do so, so any donation is very much appreciated.

It is great to hear stories like this from people who have benefitted from the project and want to help keep the allotment going for other people to use. We are really grateful to Fabia for raising this fantastic amount which will help to sustain this important project within the community.”

Well done Fabia!