A muddy encounter for shopping centre manager in fundraising challenge

A LOUGHBOROUGH shopping centre manager who has beaten cancer set herself another fundraising challenge after successfully completing last year’s Mad Monk race.

On 5th July, Baljit Kooner, Manager of Carillon Court Shopping Centre took part in the JCB Mud Run covering a filthy five mile course full of obstacles and extremely muddy surfaces to raise money for a children’s hospice.

Baljit’s challenge did not go unseen and she had amazing support throughout the run up to her challenge managing to raise a rewarding £336.00 for Rainbows Children’s Hospice, through a number of generous donations.

Looking after her own health and fitness is a priority for mum-of-two Baljit who was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma after seeing a doctor for a persistent cough which she just couldn’t shake when she was just 25.

Baljit, 41, from Derby, said: “I am always up for taking on any challenge and after being diagnosed with my illness it gave me a different perspective on life. I am now pleased that I can help change the lives of others at Rainbow’s Hospice and am extremely pleased I have the chance to support the fantastic work they do.”

Luckily Baljit made a remarkable recovery after initially only been given two weeks to live and has since put her time into staying fit and healthy for her own well-being, and using some of her spare time to support local charities by taking on exhilarating challenges.

Baljit said: “Since last year’s challenge I knew I was always going to be up for another that came along, so when the chance to take part in the JCB Mud Run was raised I jumped at the opportunity.

“Last year I was so terrified to take on the challenge, but after having a taster I couldn’t wait to get stuck into the Mud Run and it was such a laugh despite aching the next morning.”

“Once again I choose to run the race in aid of Rainbows, our chosen local charity at the shopping centre, which I think is a brilliant cause and with that in mind spurs me on to cross the finish line. I am extremely grateful for all the donations made for such an amazing cause.”

All the money Baljit raised will go towards Carillon Court’s official charity, Rainbows, a hospice for children and young people with life limiting illnesses in Lark Rise, Loughborough.

Kate Golding, Corporate Fundraiser for Rainbows, said: “Baljit had great success last year so we were really excited to hear she was taking on another challenge and even more excited and privileged that she had chosen to raise funds for Rainbows once again.

“We are very grateful to the ongoing support from Carillon Court and the money raised from Baljit’s efforts at the JCB Mud Run will do so much for our charity in helping us continue offering our services to families desperately in need.”