ENERGETIC Cabinet Ministers are taking part in a fitness challenge to help raise cash for good causes.
Robert Buckland has accepted the ‘10 for 10’ challenge to help domestic abuse survivors rebuild their lives.Robert Buckland has accepted the ‘10 for 10’ challenge to help domestic abuse survivorsCredit: AFP or licensors Guy Opperman has signed up more than a dozen MP colleagues to take part in a charity challenge
The Justice Secretary will be combining some 10km runs with 10km walks over the next two months after being signed up by Tory MP colleague Guy Opperman.
Pensions Minister Opperman set pals the challenge to mark ten years since his emergency surgery for a brain tumour.
Mr Buckland said: “I think there will be more walking going on than running at the start of the challenge!
“I will be taking part in the challenge to raise money for a relatively new charity in my South Swindon Constituency. A charity that a member of my own Constituency team is involved with.
“Swindon Sisters Alliance helps families in and around Swindon who have been impacted by domestic abuse to rebuild their lives, by providing therapeutic days out and short breaks.”
Health Secretary Matt Hancock is also taking part as he raises money for the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices setting himself the task of ten 10km runs by the end of April.
Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove, Foreign Office Minister James Cleverly and Tory MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan are all taking part.
Opperman wanted to use the challenge to show those affected by a brain tumour that life knows no bounds after being affected.Opperman underwent emergency brain tumour surgery a decade ago
He said: “You need to know that people can recover from the awfulness of what you’ve been through.
“That you are fit enough to run 10km, fit enough to be a government Minister whatever people think of you and able to hold down a full-time job.
“The nature of any cancer is that once you’ve cut it out, you are better.”The charity challenge is called the ‘Ten for Ten Challenge’. For more information, visit https://10for10.uk.