For some time now my partner has been a keen runner, nothing serious, just a few miles after work or sweating out the pinot noir from a Friday night, but she enjoys it. A few years ago she unexpectedly lost her Uncle from a heart attack; they had huge soft spots for each other and she decided she wanted to do something to raise money to stop others suffering as he did.
Her sights were set on running the London Marathon, a notoriously difficult event to gain a place to run in. She found that a number of charities still had places, unfortunately not one that she had originally looked to help, but one of which was Crimestoppers.
She told me about the charity and the work they do. I immediately felt this was a chance to atone for a time where I had felt helpless myself and offered to run as well if they had a place for me too. I felt it was the right charity for me as someone close to me was the victim of a serious sexual assault a few years ago. The charity not only takes anonymous information about crime, but runs campaigns raising awareness and preventing certain crime types.
The Charity was only too happy to have us run for them and for me this was just the beginning. As a Gold Bond runner you are challenged to raise Â£1,500 for the charity, and through the generosity of family and the systematic wearing down of friends, we raised over Â£4,000.
We held our own race night and sold cakes at work, it was great fun and we were amazed at peopleâ€™s generosity. The training needed for a marathon is a commitment, getting up before work to train and having your Sunday taken up for the long run means the marathon becomes your life, but it is all worth it. The day itself is an amazing experience, all those people there for good causes and all those supporters cheering you on, I would recommend anyone to do itâ€¦.once!
Prior to running the marathon I had been looking to change career and had interviewed for a charity, I decided to ask Crimestoppers if I could volunteer for them to gain some experience in the sector. Not only did they agree but they tailored my internship around what experience I needed to gain. I worked three days a week over a couple of months I had off over the summer, towards the end of my internship Crimestoppers were advertising for a job as a campaigns officer which I applied for.
So I write this blog now after two months as an employee of the charity I thought I was just going to raise a bit of money for, it has been quite a journey!