Collecting aid donations for Ukrainians in need has inspired the County Press's Kate Young to take up a long-distance challenge to raise funds for East Cowes-based charity MAD-Aid.

Kate, 47, of Newport, will be running the 32-mile (52km) first half of the Isle of Wight Challenge on April 30.

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She has worked for the the Isle of Wight County Press for 26 years and is currently community content editor, as well as editor of the newspaper's sister publication, Isle of Wight Living magazine.

As well as her newspaper and magazine work, Kate has also been on the periphery of collecting donations for MAD-Aid.

Isle of Wight County Press: Kate Young taking part in a previous running event.Kate Young taking part in a previous running event.

She said: "Since the start of the Ukrainian crisis, MAD-Aid has been working to get humanitarian aid to displaced Ukrainians in Moldova.

"I became aware of the charity's work via my brother, Mark Young, and my husband, Hugh, who have been borrowing my horsebox to pick up aid donated at Island collection points and taking it to East Cowes hub, for transportation to Moldova.

"We have been amazed by the way Islanders have got behind MAD-Aid's work and the charity has medium and long-term plans to help those in need — but they will need funds to bring the plans to fruition."

Kate has completed a handful of half-marathons, marathons and 50km races in the past, including the New Forest Marathon and the 50km Run to the Sea.

But Kate’s latest running challenge is all the more remarkable because she was hospitalised with sepsis this time last year.

She is looking forward to the Isle of Wight Challenge and you can sponsor her via:

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