St John Ambulance in Suffolk is set to get a boost in funds, thanks to one determined marathon runner.
Rosie Barrack, who works at HR firm Waddington Brown, is taking part in this year’s London Marathon in aid of the important first aid charity.
“I chose St John Ambulance as my nominated charity because of the unconditional support and time they give to public events and concerts,” she said.
“My son plays football locally and my daughter participates in sport and dance, and every event I attend with them, St John Ambulance is always present.”
While Rosie and her family have fortunately never needed the emergency medical support of the organisation, she is fully aware of how vital they are.
She added: “I have never needed their support but I have friends who have, and know what good work they do.
“They train around 400,000 people a year in first aid, everyone of them a potential life saver.”
Rosie started running in April 2015, from couch to 5k in a 12-week period.
In 2017 Rosie trained for the Moonwalk in London, which takes place in May.
“It wasn’t until I watched the marathon on the TV last year and having walked 26.2 miles on the Moonwalk that I thought I would like to have a go at running that!
“I was also inspired by a gentleman who was 200 metres from the finish line, with nothing left in his tank, someone had to help him over the finish line, that was the deciding factor, I was going to do it!”
Rosie has got 3 half marathons booked in before the big day in April and can’t wait to cross the finish line in front of all her family and friends.
She needs to raise a minimum of £1800 and has so far received £1100 in donations, which includes proceeds from a car boot sale and a cake sale from work.
“The team at Waddington Brown are being so supportive in my quest,” she continued. “The office treadmill is coming in very handy! We can all burn off some calories after the coffee morning and cake sale I have organised for 24th February!”