Sky Sports News host battling through 250-mile challenge
TV presenter Charlie Webster this afternoon arrived at The Hawthorns, as part of her Big Challenge to help raise vital funds for leading domestic violence charity Women’s Aid and to show that English football stands united against domestic violence.
Charlie was today forced to stop running on the advice of medical experts who insisted her calf was not fit to continue.
But the 31-year-old is set to continue her gruelling 250-mile trek, which began at Burton Albion on Sunday, from Watford tomorrow morning.
Charlie will cross the finish line at West Ham on Saturday.
As someone who understands the devastating effect domestic violence can have on families, Charlie is pushing herself to the limit to raise £100,000, enabling Women’s Aid to support thousands of survivors of domestic violence over the coming year.
Charlie recognises the power of sport to change lives and having previously run in the London Marathon for Women’s Aid, she wanted to take her support for the Charity to a whole new level.
“I am proud to be taking on this Big Challenge to raise money for Woman's Aid and to work with football clubs to raise awareness of domestic violence,” said Charlie.
“The work Women’s Aid does is vital in helping the one in four women who will experience domestic abuse, and their children, receive the support they need, including access to a place of safety.”
Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid said: “Charlie is set to run 250 miles for Women’s Aid, and has shown incredible determination to unite football players, clubs, and fans against domestic violence around England.
“Domestic violence increases around big football matches, and that will only stop if everyone who loves football comes together to make that unacceptable.
“We are incredibly pleased that the football community is working with Women’s Aid to raise awareness and put a stop to domestic violence.
“We are encouraging the footballers and fans to speak out publicly against domestic violence, making football a place where perpetrators of domestic abuse are not welcome.”
The Challenge will also kick-start Football United against Domestic Violence, a Women’s Aid campaign to encourage football to give domestic abuse a red card once and for all.