Chris Charles, a former Castleford Tigers player, is taking on the London Marathon in aid of SEED.
A part of our 2007 National League One Grand Final winning side, Chris is taking on the 26.2-mile challenge on Sunday, 3rd October 2021, to raise funds for SEED who are an eating disorders support service.
Chris’ sister is former Emmerdale, and Holby City star, Gemma Oaten, who has been affected by an eating disorder in the past but she is now championing support for those suffering and living with eating disorders. Castleford Tigers Foundation are looking to launch an eating disorder intervention and support network across the local district.
In support of Chris’ challenge raising funds for SEED – Castleford Tigers Foundation has donated a four-figure sum to assist their vital work for some of the most vulnerable and under funded individuals in the UK. The Foundation’s logo will be featured on Chris’ running t-shirt during the event, and everyone involved at Castleford Tigers wishes him well in his terrific efforts.
Speaking ahead of the marathon, Chris Charles said: “Being a proud former player of Castleford Tiger RLFC I know how much work the Foundation does within the local community and beyond. They play a vital role and link the club to many services and partnerships to help support people from a wide range of backgrounds and abilities.
“The link with SEED is another important partnership and will help provide support for anyone suffering with an eating disorder offering advice and guidance. It cannot be underestimated how important these links are bringing the whole community together during these times. I can’t thank the foundation enough and would like to wish them well in all that they do.”
Chris Charles’ sister Gemma Oaten, gave her thanks to the Tigers Foundation for the support and commented: “In a world where funding and money is hard to come by for charities, especially the underdogs, I have been overwhelmed by the kindness and support from Castleford Tigers Foundation of SEED as a whole and more specifically my brother.
“Chris endured some of the hardest times as a teenager watching his little sister nearly die at the hands of an eating disorder. He could have just erased those memories and walked away. Yet he has consistently stood by me and supported SEED, a charity set up by our amazing parents. I am so proud and grateful for his love.
“I am so grateful to Castleford Tigers Foundation for the support. And also to add, thank you Simon Fox, you have believed in my mission and fight all the way. This is just the beginning.”
Community Director of Castleford Tigers, Simon Fox, spoke about the importance of SEED’s work in helping those who are suffering through eating disorders commenting: “As a society we are sometimes unaware of the critical daily psychological and physical challenges people can face. Eating disorders historically have been rarely talked about and equally, even more rarely addressed for those at young age.
“We are aware that in the Castleford area there are a number of people suffering and for that reason it is vital we help and support SEED’s cause. Gemma has been inspirational in driving the awareness of the plight and how we can all help that little bit more. The Foundation are proud to support SEED and wish Chris all the very best in his run tomorrow.”
If you would like to sponsor Chris as he takes on the London Marathon, please visit his Go Fund Me page HERE.
To find out more about the terrific work being done by SEED, please visit their website www.seed.charity