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Spalding beauty therapist running London Marathon for mental health charity, Mind

A Spalding-based beauty therapist is running the London Marathon to raise funds for the mental health charity, Mind.

Heidi Willson (29) is also spicing up her fundraising for the charity by organising a ladies’ night – with male strippers and buff butlers – and hopes the two events will net around £2,000.

Heidi said: “I am a runner anyway but I have never run a marathon and it’s something I have always wanted to do.”

Heidi Willson in training to raise marathon money for MIND
Heidi Willson in training to raise marathon money for MIND

She has completed a half-marathon in a time of 2hrs and 15mins, and hopes to make it around the London course in under five hours.

Heidi said: “Training started at the beginning of January. I have 16 weeks of solid training, which will take me up to the week before the marathon starts.”

Mind is a cause close to Heidi’s heart because the charity has helped her through mental health troubles in the past.

Heidi said: “I just think it’s a really good charity and it’s often overlooked. It means a lot to me.”

Mind gives information and advice to people with mental health problems and lobbies government and local authorities on their behalf.

Heidi says mental health is just as important as any physical health issue and needs to be treated the same.

She is organising the ladies’ night, which takes place on Friday, March 13, with her friend, April Sandall.

Tickets are £20 and can be bought by contacting Heidi on Facebook – search for Beauty By Heidi at The Beauty Room – or by visiting Heidi at The Beauty Room in Victoria Street.

To add to Heidi’s fundraising for Mind please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/heidi-willson

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