Hi All. Once again, I am putting one foot in front of the other to raise money for charity, but this time I am doing something I said I would never do – a marathon!! So why am I doing this you may ask yourself, and I am sure I will do many a time before the day….so here is my little story, and some info about the charities I am raising money for.
My mum taught me to try my hardest, to try and make a difference every day and to have no regrets. She also said I often pushed her to the limit. The day of the London Marathon next year is the 24th anniversary of her death. I can think of no way better to remember someone who was such a role model to me, and many others, than to push myself to the limit, and to try my hardest to raise as much money as I can for two charities I care about who are making a difference every day.
My place in the London Marathon is courtesy of Heathrow Community Trust who I am lucky to support as both a trustee and Chair of their Youth Grant Giving Panel.
HCT also allows any marathon runner to donate 50% of their donations to the charity of their choice. For those who know me well I hope it is not a surprise I am choosing the charity I work for EDT. Our aim is to increase interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths aka STE(A)M. AND we want to create a society where young people across the UK have equal access to engage. I strongly believe that social inequality should not prevent a young person from reaching their full potential and as such any money I raise for EDT will contribute to full or part funded bursaries who come from a less advantaged background. My personal aspiration is that 25%+ of places on our self-funded courses come from bursaries. We are not there yet and yet this year we saw a 91% increase students requesting bursary payments.
All funds raised will be passed to the charities irrespective of whether my target is reached, not reached or (fingers crossed) exceeded.
Never one to make life easy for myself, I decided to also sign up for a few extra challenges along the way to get me ready for the biggest challenge of my life – the London Marathon:
· On 8th December I will be facing the hill that is Guildford Mount, taking part in the 11.7k Hogs Back Road Race
· Hitting familiar ground on the 8th March taking on Surrey Half Marathon
· And finally, in what is apparently (given my training plan) a ‘cool down’ race running the Ultra Challenge Easter 50 on the 11th April
Thank you for reading. I hope it has inspired you to support!