As you might already know, I’m running the London Marathon for two charities, the Youth Sports Trust and Make a Wish. Over the next few weeks I’ll be telling you about some of the amazing work of each of these charities. Let’s start off with The Youth Sports Trust.
They do some amazing work with people aged between 18 months and 18 years old – all to improve their lives with the power of sport. They create, develop and deliver programmes which do just that – whilst improving other aspects of young people’s lives such as attendance, health and general school performance. I’ve chosen to run for the Youth Sport Trust for a number of different reasons. The first being that at 20 – I personally believe I’ve only just discovered the benefits of sporting activity. As a kid, I was pretty much the worst ever at sport and I certainly don’t claim to be particularly different now, but I think during school I just believed sports to be almost unachievable, something that because I wasn’t very good at it initially, that was that and it just wasn’t going to be something I’d do. I then went to uni and suddenly the world of sport came up – I could get involved in sport and it wasn’t totally unachievable – that led me to do my first half marathon. I then began volunteering at different events, from the London Marathon to the Athletics World Championships. The event really inspired me and drove me to get more involved – I was surrounded by the incredible atmosphere created amongst the participants and spectators – the world of sport suddenly opened up! I’m still a million miles away from ever being even slightly athlete-like but with determination, perseverance – anything is possible! The Youth Sport Trust provides kids with these opportunities to find sports they love, giving them belief for the future, whether it’s simply unlocking a new hobby or maybe a future Team GB Star.
If you’d like to donate to my fundraising, then the link is here. Thank you for every penny, I really appreciate it!