Cheshire mum urges runners to join her in VMLM
A mother of two, from Alsager, near Crewe, is putting her mind and body on the line in an attempt to raise much needed funds for Caudwell Children.
Andrea Woodhead, aged 39, is determined to succeed in her bid to complete the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon, in order to generate funds to help us provide practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families.
Andrea decided to run for Caudwell Children after a friend recommended that she register for one of our charity places. As she explained: “I was told that it was a great charity to run for because you can visibly see the change that they make to disabled children through the support that they give.”
The former Alsager High School pupil, who is a personal fitness instructor, says preparing for the London Marathon, arguably the most famous event of its kind in the world, has proved difficult. She said: “I teach 22 personal training sessions a week and I have two children, aged eight and two, so it’s not been easy fitting in my daily run.
“But it’s doable and I also keep myself fit by playing netball and teaching boxfit, kettle bells and spinning.”
Andrea says that her family and friends think that she’s mad taking on the challenge. As she explained: “They understand why I want to do it, and that it’s for a great cause, but they can’t believe I’ve added even more fitness work to my week.”
To boost her fundraising coffers Andrea has devised a number of fundraising activities. “I held a charity Thriller dance night for Halloween, I have a bingo night planned and I intend to run a 80s themed fitness class.
“If that isn’t enough my children’s school has agreed to do a £1 donation day.”
Kerrie Davies, Head of Events at Caudwell Children, is urging runners to snap up the limited number of remaining places the charity has for the event. She said: “This is your chance to be involved in one of the greatest sporting events on the planet.
“If it’s on your bucket list of things to do you need to register for one of our places. You will not only have a fabulous experience you’ll also be helping Caudwell Children to provide an invaluable service to disabled children across the UK.
“We provide therapies, specialist equipment, short breaks, in hospital and in home support and an annual dream holiday to Florida, to children who wouldn’t otherwise receive this support through statutory measures.”
Andrea is confident that she can complete the 26.2 mile route on Sunday 22nd April, 2018 and is encouraging others to join her in running for Caudwell Children. As she concluded: “I’ll definitely finish even if I have to crawl over the line.
“I am a little anxious about taking part as being a personal trainer everyone expects me to finish the race.
“However, I’m looking forward to it and I want others to take one of Caudwell Children’s charity places so that they can join me in raising as much as possible for disabled children.”
You can support Andrea through her Just Giving page here.
You can register for a Caudwell Children charity place here.