Droitwich's Human Disco Ball Freya in running for JustGiving Award - The Droitwich Standard

Droitwich's Human Disco Ball Freya in running for JustGiving Award

Droitwich Editorial 4th Jul, 2024   0

A WOMAN from Droitwich has made the finals of the JustGiving Awards after running more than 2,500km to raise money for charity.

Freya Morgan, also known as the ‘Human Disco Ball’, is shortlisted in this year’s Outstanding Commitment category of the Go Cardless JustGiving Awards for raising over £20,000 for the Bail for Immigration Detainees charity.

The 28-year-old human rights lawyer and her friend Aaron Rajesh, from Canada, set themselves a goal of raising £120,000 for an emergency Solidarity Fund for the charity – with Freya dressed as a disco ball.

So far, Freya has raised over £21,000 for refugees and asylum seekers needing legal advice across detention systems in the UK.

Freya’s fundraising campaign was inspired by her own mental health journey which saw her attempt to take her own life aged 16.

“I know my 16-year-old self would be so proud of everything I have achieved so far,” she said.

After this, she took up running as a means of release and never looked back. She has ran 12 marathons, two ultramarathons and 50 half marathons for charity over the last 13 years.

Her biggest feat included running 200km nonstop in June 2023. She traveled from Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol to Brookhouse Detention Centre, near Gatwick Airport, in around 43 hours.

She has also chronicled her efforts in her documentary, Free Movement, releasing in late 2024.

Freya, who now lives in Sydenham, London, said: “I was overjoyed to receive my nomination. Even though the Human Disco Ball campaign has had so much support, asylum and detention can be so inhumanely and negatively distorted.

“It shows me how much people really do care… and that brought me to tears.”

Members of the public now have the opportunity to vote for their winner via the JustGiving website.

“I cannot wait to meet all the other nominees. I find other people’s journeys really inspiring,” Freya added.

The eight winners will be announced during a ceremony at London’s Roundhouse on September 18.

Annie Campbell, Director, Bail for Immigration Detainees, said: “Freya has been amazing.

“Her energy and commitment throughout have been amazing and the money she raised has helped us to secure justice for our clients in detention. She 100% deserves to win this.”

Visit https://www.justgiving.com/page/freya-morgan-1669119657286 to donate.

Visit https://www.justgiving.com/hub/happening-now/justgiving-awards to vote.

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