Dyrham Park roof appeal run

Dyrham Park General Manager Cath Pye ahead of her run

Dyrham Park General Manager Cath Pye ahead of her run

Dyrham Park manager raises almost £5,000 for the roof appeal with 102-mile-sponsored run.

Dyrham Park General Manager Cath Pye raised the money for the £500,000 roof appeal by running the 102-mile Cotswold Way in just a week.

Cath set off from Chipping Campden on Sunday June 15, running up to 19 miles a day alongside an ever-changing team of staff, volunteers and supporters from across the region, including Heelis in Swindon and the Bristol hub at Leigh Woods, arriving at Bath Abbey on Saturday June 21.

On the penultimate day, Cath, who ran her way through three pairs of trainers, was joined on the Horton Court to Dyrham Park leg by a team of 10 walkers – which raised another few hundred pounds for the pot.

The money raised takes the fundraising total to around £320,000, which is £180,000 shy of the £500,000 target. The entire project to repair the leaking roof on the 17th-century mansion house at Dyrham Park is expected to cost around £3.5 million. Work is set to start at the beginning of 2015. The property will remain open throughout, with a range of new experiences on offer.

Cath says, 'Everyone keeps asking me if I’m tired, but I feel great. I was really spurred on by the support I received from everyone, from the staff and volunteers who ran with me, the people who brought me water at the top of the big hills and those who donated. It’s been brilliant and I’m thrilled to have been able to do my bit for the fundraising campaign.

I’m so proud of the team at Dyrham Park for the fundraising efforts so far – we just need to really focus on getting the last £180,000 now, which is going to be the really hard bit.'