Sandra's story: My work as a forest school leader brings me into contact with children from many varied backgrounds. I regularly have schools visit me at work and it is obvious, from their reactions when they arrive, that this is the first time that some of them have been out in the countryside. I feel that I am in a very privileged, fortunate position and wish to support Barnardo's to give disadvantaged children opportunities that my own children take for granted. I work with children with Downs Syndrome, bereaved children, autistic children and children whose families feel they need to home educated so they receive an education. I can see for myself the everyday struggles that these parents and children go through to try and live as normal live as possible.
My close friend, Sarah, adopted a little boy 8 years ago and I have seen the struggles that the family go through daily, as their son tries to cope with the trauma he suffered as a small child and the after effects this has had and will continue to have on them.
It is because of all this that I asked Sarah to run the London Marathon with me and fundraise together to support the fantastic work of Barnado’s so they can continue to support and guide families that so desperately need their help-giving children, no matter who they are, a voice.
This is my 1st marathon and it really is a massive challenge for me. Sarah felt, that as she has run marathons before, she needed to increase her challenge a little-so she will be running a trail marathon in July, Tallinn Half Marathon in September, Amsterdam Marathon in October, Beachy Head Marathon in October, The Big Half in March, Paris Marathon in April and of course London in April! Oh, she also booked me in for Tallinn Half Marathon!
We'll keep you informed of how we are getting on via our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/barnardoslondonmarathon/ and you can see all the events that we are putting on to make sure we raise as much as we can for Barnardo's. However, if you feel you can spare a few £s to help us towards our target, we know how grateful this fantastic charity will be.
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