As reported in the Barnsley Gazette, Barnsley Chronicle and the Barnsley News and Sport on 13th March, Stephanie ran a half marathon last weekend to help raise funds for a local charity.
Donning her running gear to tackle the 13-mile course in blustery and challenging conditions, the MP surpassed her target of raising £500 for the Barnsley Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Service (BSARCS).
BSARCS in the sole organisation in Barnsley providing specialist services to people affected by rape, sexual abuse, sexual assault and sexual violence. In the last year alone, the charity has helped around 1,500 people affected by the trauma of sexual violence.
Amidst funding cuts to local authorities that have placed greater financial strain on charities like BSARCS, the Barnsley MP decided to take the opportunity to help raise funds for them
She said:. “I won’t be catching Mo Farah at the finish line any time soon, but running the half marathon was a great opportunity to help raise funds for a fantastic local charity.
“Many charities rely on funding from local authorities, but with budgets slashed to the bone by this Tory Government it is vital frontline services like those provided to vulnerable people by Barnsley Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Services that suffer.
“Hopefully the kind donations given and money raised will go some way in helping this excellent organisation continue to provide crucial services and help for those in Barnsley who need it.”