‘I am trying to do what I can from thousands of miles away’

A Preston runner is helping refugees from thousands of miles away.

Sultana Ahmed, of Fulwood, will be running the Preston 10K this weekend whilst raising funds for Rohingya refugees who are fleeing to Bangladesh, her family’s country of origin.

The refugees have fled Myanmar to get away from violence and persecution.

Being a mother herself, she understands the importance of a strong family unit and she is saddened by the situation the refugees find themselves in.

Sultana’s mother was born in Bangladesh and moved to England with her parents when she was 12-years-old.

Sultana said: “Although I can’t help on the ground, I am trying to do what I can from thousands of miles away.”

The 33-year-old added: “As someone who comes from a big family, I understand how it feels when families are separated from one another at times of calamity.”

The refugees are lacking essential supplies such as food, water and shelter.

Sultana is studying Nutrition and Exercise Sciences at the University of Central Lancashire.

The UCLan student is passionate about raising money for her chosen charity, Rohingya Emergency campaign.

On Sunday, September 29, Sultana will be participating in the event, alongside her brothers Juber Ahmed, Zayd Ahmed, Junaid Ahmed, Mujahid Ahmed.


Sultana’s three children, aged four, nine and 12, and her sister will all be cheering her on from the spectating areas.

The 10K run will start on Market Street, Preston at 9.30am on Sunday.

Participants will follow the route through the city centre, Avenham Park and both sides of the River Ribble.

Running has given Sultana opportunities to meet new people and to develop her confidence.

The running journey began for Sultana in Spring 2018 when her son asked her to take part in a school fun run.

Since then she has participated in multiple events and has raised over £40,000 with a group of women who she met through the events last year.

Donations are still being taken for this week’s race.

Sultana’s JustGiving page can be found here.