A local runner from Staffordshire is putting her mind and body on the line in an attempt to raise much needed funds for a national disabled children’s charity.
Jill Jones, aged 40, from Newcastle-under-Lyme, is determined to succeed in her bid to complete the Virgin Money London Marathon, in order to generate funds for Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families.
Jill decided to fundraise for the charity after discovering that they had charity places available for the marathon, arguably the most famous event of its kind in the world.
But Jill, who owns Giggles & Wiggles Nurseries in Stone and Newcastle, wants to surpass her fundraising target after discovering the invaluable services that Caudwell Children provides to disabled children across the UK.
As she explained:
“Caudwell Children fill a real void. They provide therapies, treatments, specialist equipment, short breaks and an annual dream holiday to Florida, to children who otherwise wouldn’t receive this support through statutory measures.
“I was staggered to find out that disabled children don’t get everything that they need from the state. For example children up to four years of age don’t have access to a wheelchair! Some of the treatments and therapies that the charity supports are also not available in the UK.”
Whilst Jill is confident that she will succeed in this challenge, following an intensive training regime, she’s aware that there will be many obstacles to overcome. She said:
“I have been following a Crossfit Endurance programme which has involved lots of high intensity strength and conditioning training, alongside the usual running.
“However, whilst I’m convinced I’ll be physically fit by the time London Marathon comes around, on Sunday 26th April, I’m aware that I’ll have to be mentally prepared for the variable weather that can often be a determining factor in finishing the course.”
Trudie Beswick, Chief Executive of Caudwell Children, is delighted that Jill is running on behalf of the charity. She said: “Jill has really grasped why we need the public’s support and the statistics really tell the story! There are over 770,000 disabled children in the UK and 78% have no access to activities outside the home, whilst an average 100,000 disabled children are waiting for appropriate mobility equipment.
“By completing the Virgin Money London Marathon Jill will be helping us to reach even more disabled children across the country, which will increase the health and wellbeing of those that we support. I would urge the public to support her heroic efforts! ”
To sponsor Jill visit her Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/Jill-Jones7/
To find out more about Caudwell Children visit: www.caudwellchldren.com