On your marks: Run like a DIVA

Team DIVA sign up for one of the UK’s largest World AIDS Day community events to raise money for METRO Charity.



Team DIVA are taking part in this year’s Red Run to raise money for METRO, a leading equality and diversity charity providing health, community and youth services across London and the south-east.


One of the UK’s largest World AIDS Day community events, the Red Run has raised over £200,000 for HIV charities since 2008. This year’s event takes places on Sunday 26 November in Victoria Park in London, and Team DIVA will be running 5k – raising money for METRO’s Hardship Fund.


The charity, which was established in 1984 under the name The Greenwich Lesbian and Gay Centre, provide a variety of services both nationally and internationally across sexual and reproductive health, community, mental health and wellbeing, youth and HIV.


"I'm simply delighted that Team DIVA have chosen to support METRO,” said Dr Greg Ussher, the charity’s CEO. “We are expecting to reach over 100 applications to our Hardship Fund this year alone. The £50 grants help individuals and families who are already accessing our services to stay warm, fed and able to travel to important appointments.


“These grants can make such a difference at a time of crisis, whilst we work with service users to navigate through issues such as benefit sanctions, new diagnosis and changes in their health.”


Meet the team…


Carrie Lyell

My running tune: Nicki Minaj - Super Bass

Athletic inspiration: Nicola Adams


Naomi Dixon

My running tune: Meat Loaf - Bat Out Of Hell

Athletic inspiration: Forrest Gump


Danielle Mustarde

My running tune: Bloc Party - Flux

Athletic inspiration: Mel C from the Wannabe video


Sarah Rowlinson

My running tune: Bronski Beat - Smalltown Boy

Athletic inspiration: Jet from Gladiators


Ellen Tout

My running tune: Rather Be - Clean Bandit

Athletic inspiration: P!nk


Roxy Bourdillon



“1, 2, 3, 4 - DIVA’s the team that I adore

5, 6, 7, 8 - knees up girls, you’re doing great!

1, 2, 3, 4 - keep on going, run some more

5, 6, 7, 8 - at the end I’ll bring you cake!”


You can support Team DIVA by visiting justgiving.com/fundraising/team-diva. If you would like to join the run yourself, sign up now at redrun.org.uk. Find out more about the work METRO do at metrocharity.org.uk.



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