A Stamford care worker is gearing up to run this year’s London Marathon in memory of her godmother.
Samantha Wright, 30, who lives in Bainton, will be travelling to the capital city on April 26 to run The London Marathon for the first time in aid of the charity Mind, helping to raise awareness of mental health.
On the day Samantha will be running 26 miles in memory of her god mother Anne Benthan, who lost her battle with mental health issues a number of years ago, taking her own life.
Samantha, who has worked as a care supervisor at Bluebird Care in Stamford for the past three years, knows the importance of caring for those with mental health and wants to raise over £2,000 for the charity.
She said: “I’m doing this for Anne, to make her proud knowing that I’m helping to stop other sufferers of mental health feeling like there is no one there to help them.
“Mind is all about raising mental health awareness and if I can just help one person then this will all be worth it.”
Fellow staff members at Bluebird Care have been helping Samantha to reach her fundraising target by hosting a number of fundraising activities, including a car boot sale which will take place on March 29 at the Vic Couzens Stadium at Kettering Road.
This will be Samantha’s first marathon, having only run a half-marathon two years ago, she said: “I’ve been training hard to make sure I can make it through the 26 miles on the day. I’m sure it will be a very emotional and tiring day, but I will do everything in my power to run every mile knowing that it will help others.”
To sponsor Samantha please visit her fundraising page at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SamanthaWrightbluebird.
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