A care assistant from Spalding and a mortgage consultant from Donington are to line up for next year’s London Marathon.
Mother-of-two Becky Smith (26), a ex-student at the former Gleed Girls Technology College, Spalding, will be carrying the hopes of mental health charity Mind when the race sets off from Blackheath to The Mall on Sunday, April 24.
Meanhile, Jade Moses (25) will be running for homeless charity Shelter in support of its Shelter for Nationwide partnership with Nationwide Building Society for which Jade works at its Spalding branch.
“The place I’ve got in the London Marathon is one of 13 offered by Shelter to Nationwide as one of its chosen charities,” Jade said.
“I’m hoping to raise at least £2,000 for this amazing charity through sponsorship donations and events at the branch, including a raffle starting on Monday, November 2 for which we have prizes very generously donated by businesses in Spalding.”
Becky’s reasons for running in aid of Mind, with a target of raising at least £1,750, are much more personal due to an illness the charity has helped and supported her through.
“Running the London Marathon is a dream of mine and I’ve always wanted to do it ever since I started watching it on TV.
“I’m running 20 to 30 miles a week at the moment and I’m also a gym member in Spalding where I train on the static running machines.
“I don’t think that mental health is taken very seriously and it just gets passed off as something people should be able to get over easily,” Becky said. “But it is thought that every year, one in four people will experience a mental health problem and so I want to help get the word out about Mind and the help they give to anyone with ancestral mental health problems.”
Like Jade, Becky is planning a series of pre-marathon fundraiser in the form of a children’s Christmas party at Spalding Services and Social Club, High Street, on Sunday, December 13, from 2pm until 4pm.
The party includes a children’s disco, tombola, raffle, face painting and a visit by Father Christmas who will be giving out presents to youngsters.
Becky said: “The party is an opportunity for people to find out about Mind’s work and we’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of companies in giving us prizes for the raffle.”
Tickets priced £1 for adults and £3 for children, which includes a gift, are available on 07949 544161 or through Facebook page Family Christmas Party with Father Christmas.