Kay Weston will take part in the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run to raise awareness of an LGBTQ+ charity in memory of her friend who was killed in a car accident.
The 30-year-old from Staffordshire will use her run to raise money for the Stonewall charity, something her friend Matt Dittmer was very passionate about.
Matt's car left the road whilst driving home northbound along the A38 in Lichfield near Fradley Park on 17 March. He was transferred to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham but sadly died on 21 March aged just 29.
The cause for the crash was not found.
Matt was a youth worker who, at the time of his death, was working with promoting the rights of LGBTQ+ young people and equality. He was very proud of the work he carried out with young people and was committed to bringing about change and improving their prospects.
Kay will use her run to continue Matt's work and raise funds for Stonewall, a charity which campaigns for equality for all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people in the UK and abroad.
Kay said: “Matt was one of the most kind-hearted people you could meet who dedicated his life to helping others and changing their lives, and is very much missed by everyone who knew him and worked with him.
“It would mean a lot to Matt's family and myself if we could raise awareness of LGBTQ+ issues through fundraising for Stonewall and I know this is something that would make him proud.”
The Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run will start on Broad Street before taking runners to handsome Highfield Road in Edgbaston and down the infamous hill of Lee Bank Middleway, once a challenging incline near the end of the half marathon. Participants will then do a lap of Cannon Hill Park and world-famous Edgbaston Stadium before turning back to the city centre after they reach beautiful Bournville. The run finishes before thousands of cheering spectators on Jennens Road and the Aston University Campus Charity Village.
Anyone who entered the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10k will receive a £10 discount on their entry fee for the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run. To enter click here
To contribute to Kay's fundraising campaign click here