A DUO have donated £1000 ahead of the Worcester City 10K after finding out that they couldn't run this year.

David and Caroline Balmer, who co-own Caremark and who ran for the charity at this event last year made a snap decision and donated £1000 to Worcester Association of Carers 2017 fundraising total.

Mr Balmer said: "We had such fun last year at this event, we are neighbours with WAC and we are so disappointed not to be able to be part of it this year, so a donation to this fantastic charity was the obvious thing to do."

Tom Lowe, 2010 British Iron Man record holder, who is running in the team, came up from the south of England to accept the cheque on the charity’s behalf.

Currently WAC is celebrating its 20th year of supporting adult, unpaid carers in Worcestershire.

There are some 63,000 carers in the county and the charity’s support helps carers face a variety of challenges in everyday life.

Fundraising officer, Lizzie Smith said: “That people are so generous with both their money and their time sometimes overwhelms me; we are so grateful.

"Each year our team has fabulous runners and awesome supporters and this is our 20th birthday team … I’ve a strong feeling it’s going to be the best yet."

To sign up, call 01905 751340 or visit www.carersworcs.org.uk.

Worcester Samaritans are the official charity partner for the Worcester 10K Run and half-marathon, on Sunday September 17.

Over 70 runners will be taking part in this event on behalf of Worcester Samaritans.

Every branch of Samaritans is self funding so all money raised will go directly to the Worcester branch.

Last year the branch received over 16,000 phone calls and replied to 1,500 emails from people in distress.

To sponsor a runner, visit justgiving.com and type in Worcester Samaritans.