Fancy running 10k?

INDIA Ellis is taking part in the Bristol 10k to raise money for Citizens Advice South Gloucestershire – and she hopes others will join her.

India, aged 23, is an adviser at the  independent charity, helping people who are struggling with the cost of living, benefits, debt, relationships and a host of other issues. The charity relies on donations and grants to fund its services.

Citizens Advice South Gloucestershire helped almost 6,600 people last year – the most ever, and 20% more than in 2022.

Advisers now see around ten times as many clients needing food banks or other charity support every month as they did before the pandemic. India said: “I am running the Bristol 10K for Citizens Advice South Gloucestershire as it is a charity for everyone and it is not a one-issue charity, and that is really special.

“We can help with benefits, debt, relationships to any other issue you may need support with. We always do our best to answer it. At present we are booking appointments months in advance. Our drop-in queues are long, as we do not have the resources at present, which is why any support or donation is vital.”

India, who also plays rugby, has been in training for the run, which she will do with a team from the charity.

She said: “Anyone who knows me knows running is not my favourite sport but I am always up for a challenge. I am excited and nervous about the day. “

You can sponsor India can do so at

The charity is also looking for more runners to support it in the Bristol 10K. People can sign up at

The charity runs a free phone advice line on 0808 278 7947.

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