A Spalding woman running next month’s London Marathon for Guide Dogs UK says she has been overwhelmed by the donations she has received.
Chelsea Turnell has now raised £1,500 of her £2,000 target after being inspired to run for the charity by her love for her own dog Buddy.
Also running the marathon is good friend Daran Bland, a Spalding headteacher.
Chelsea is following a schedule drawn up by Claire from Onelife gym in Spalding and also attending body balance classes to help aid stretching.
“Since I started training, I have now changed jobs and work in Peterborough so getting home later has impacted on my training a bit, so I’m having to be fairly strict with the routine and force myself to stay in the gym, running in the evenings after work to get the time in.
“My social life and wedding planning has also taken a bit of a hit over the last few weeks.”
“In all honesty, I have found it really hard, especially the jump from shorter miles to longer miles. A standard run now is around 10 miles.”
“I have been overwhelmed by the donations I have received and my fundraising quiz in November was a sell-out which helped raised over £600 for the cause.
“I am so grateful for every penny but I especially want to thank my close family and friends who have donated so much to the cause.”
She said Buddy has been her entire inspiration for running the marathon: “I hope the money I will able to donate to Guide Dogs will enable people to have the sort of love with their dog that Buddy shows me.
“I am calling on anyone I’ve ever had a conversation with about the marathon, anyone I may have had the pleasure of working with, friends, family, Guide Dog supporters, businesses and the general pubic to please donate.”
Daran, head of the Priory and Garth in Spalding, is running for Action for Children,
He said: “Throughout my whole teaching career, I have worked with children that have a variety of complex special educational needs.
“In all three of the special schools that I am lucky enough to be head teacher of, I have admired the support and hope that Action for Children has provided to countless pupils and families.
“The work that they do really does make a huge difference to their lives; whether this be providing care, after school clubs, holiday clubs, buddying or emotional support.
“All that they do leads to improved outcomes for the vulnerable children that we work with. Running the London Marathon and raising money for Action for Children gives me the opportunity to give something back.”
Chelsea’s Just Giving page is: www.justgiving.com/C-Turnell
Daran’s page is: www.justgiving.com/Daran-Bland