Helen's journey to run the London Marathon for Shropshire Disability Network

Shropshire Disability Network are very excited to announce we have a runner in this years London Marathon & it is for the first time. Chairperson Ruby Hartshorn said "This is  not only is about raising money for us, it is also about raising awareness of our work & all because one of our members wants & is able to do this for us" Ruby continued "Helen has an unusual story so please read on & find out why Helen's mission took an unusual path",

Helen is avid supporter of Shropshire Disability Network, regular attender at our meetings & former employee of Energize Shropshire Telford & Wrekin. She has written blogs for us & is a great advocate for our charity which is run in its entirety by volunteers.

Helen was going to run for us in 2015 but deferred her number until 2016 when she had the great news that she was to become a Mum for the first time. Barley was born on Mothering Sunday last year! Helen is enjoying motherhood very much but was determined to run for us in 2016, having deferred her number for 12 months. However within 6 weeks of the birth, Helen did something that surprised everyone including those who saw her through her pregnancy & that was she started running again, aiming to be ready for her London Marathon challenge. Helen has never run a marathon before, but is all geared up to complete her challenge. All of us at Shropshire Disability Network wish Helen well & thank her for doing this for us.

Helen wrote in a recent edition of “YourVoice” which is Shropshire disability Network regular newsletter.

“On the 24th April I'll be in London for the Marathon raising money for SDN. And why..... because I can. I've been involved with SDN now for a couple of years and I believe they provide a valuable voice in our rural county. I've seen the great work the core team do & want to can raise some valuable funds for SDN. Why? Because I can! “

In support of Helen's efforts would you be willing to support her in some way? We have a local giving page set up for Helen on our website. You can find it by clicking here http://shropshire-disability.net/best-foot-forward-for-helen-in-the-lond... and clicking on the link to LocalGiving.com link.

Monies raised will be used for a third SDN banner that we desperately need plus paying insurance, website hosting costs and our newsletter plus something we aim to do in recognition of the valuable work of our volunteers.

Or you can support by sending a donation to Shropshire Disability Network C/O 26 Aldwick Drive, Radbrook Green, Shrewsbury SY3 6BN- Cheques should be made payable to Shropshire Disability Network or you can contact us & we can let you have a cash envelope. Our contact number is 07780 852 229, email [email protected] or contact us via our website www.shropshire-disability.net where you can also leave Helen a good luck message. 

As you watch this years London Marathon look out for the lady in Shropshire Disability Network vest with our logo, website address www.shropshire-disability.net & our charity number 1148256 plus Helen's unique number 18068 as you watch the London Marathon and cheer her on.

Thank you for any support you can give us & Helen.