It's official, I'm completely bonkers. I shall be running the Brighton Marathon on Sunday 15 April 2012!
I have always quite fancied the notion of running a marathon but have never visualised myself actually running one. Not until now that is. Having run three half marathons I've decided to step up to the mark and go for it.
I'm running for a Dorset charity local to me, called Woofability who train assistance dogs for disabled people in Dorset, Hampshire and south Wiltshire. It costs about £5,000 to buy and train a puppy for two years and another £6,000 to support them for the next 10 years. I have friends who take the puppies during their socialisation training and it was at their suggestion that I decided to run for this charity.
I can't imagine what it must be like to be disabled and be faced with so many challenges by the things you and I take completely for granted. Things like getting dressed in the morning, collecting the post, emptying the washing machine or pressing that little button at the traffic crossing. Thanks to the committed and passionate people at Woofability, disabled people are having their lives enriched by assistance dogs, trained to help and make a difference.
The dogs my friends have been socialising are Golden Retrievers and they are the most loving dogs I've come across. They are so soft and gentle and I can just imagine how they must bring such great joy and a degree of independence for disabled people.
Woofability is a really small charity, run by volunteers, yet through the work it does training these lovely dogs the impact is tremendous and that's why I have agreed to pound the pavements in Brighton to raise some much needed revenue funding.
Times are tough for us all, but I'd really appreciate it if you could consider donating a pound or two to my fundraising efforts. Every penny of the money I raise will be going to the charity. As a small charity they can't afford to register with Just Giving so I am using my pay pal account to collect donations.
You can donate here: