Bingley-based home shopping giant, Damart, has been showing its support for centenarian marathon walker, Ruth Saunders, by donating an outfit from its latest collection and £500 for her fund raising.
Citing Captain Sir Tom Moore as her inspiration, at 104 years old, Ruth set out on a journey earlier this month to complete 104 laps of the streets in her local area of Newbury to raise money for an air ambulance service.
Ben Phillips, Head of ECommerce at Damart said: “We were inspired by Ruth Saunders’ heroic efforts to support her local emergency services and wanted to show our support by donating an outfit and thermal coat to help keep her warm and comfortable on her inspirational walk. We were also pleased to be able to support her efforts with a financial donation.
“We are always keen to champion the older generation and at 104 years old, this is an outstanding achievement by Ruth and something which really resonates with our customer base.”
Damart donated an outfit from its latest collection to Ruth including a thermal coat, which uses its famous Thermolactyl technology, to keep Ruth warm and comfortable during her quest. Damart’s financial contribution of £500, also contributed to the total amount raised for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance Service of almost £34,000.
Kate Saunders, Ruth’s granddaughter, added: “We can’t thank Damart enough for all the lovely support they have shown my gran. When she started the walk, she was hoping to raise £500 – she has almost raised £34,000, thanks to kind donations such as this. At 104 years young, she is now working out what to do next year!”
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Ruth Saunders completing her marathon effort in her Damart outfit