A MOTHER of three has decided to raise funds for a first aid charity as part of a bid to run a marathon before she turns 40.
Zoe Brown, of Astbury Way, Woodville, is training to run the Virgin London Marathon on April 13 in a bid to boost the coffers of St John Ambulance.
The 39-year-old, who works as a practice nurse, is organising a host of events to boost her fund-raising efforts from bag packing to charity nights, all while finding the time to slip on her running shoes to train for the gruelling 26 and a half mile event.
She said: “I am a busy working mum who has decided to take on the challenge of running a marathon before I turn 40 this year while raising money for a fantastic cause I believe in.
“St John Ambulance do amazing work raising awareness for first aid skills and, as a practice nurse, I understand the importance of everyone knowing basic first aid - it can save lives.
“They work tirelessly to raise public awareness of first aid, they teach children and workers at school and in workplaces, they provide first aid support at public events such as football matches and race meetings, they will provide a free first aid booklet if you contact them and, most recently, have been helping emergency services in the relief effort to flood hit areas in the South.
“Training wise, it has been tricky fitting it in around work and the kids. I train three times a week, with short runs midweek - usually five or six miles with a long run at the weekend - currently I am up to 14 and a half miles.”
The budding runner is set to hold a charity bag pack event at Sainsbury’s, in Swadlincote , on Sunday and a charity bingo night on March 14 at the Robin Hood pub, in Overseal.
Businesses have already donated a variety of items for the bingo including tickets to a Derby County game, a family pass to Conkers, meal vouchers, cinema vouchers, clothes and even furniture.
She added: “I can hopefully get some more prizes donated from local businesses for the bingo. Businesses have generously donated some great prizes too but we need more.”
More information on Zoe, or to donate to her efforts, is available by heading online to http://www.justgiving.com/Zoe-Brown39