Mum Cheryl Batt, 49, was a victim of childhood abuse. She now works for Avon and Somerset Constabulary as a call handler and helps other victims of historic sexual abuse to speak up. On April 24 sheâ€™ll be taking on the London Marathon to help us keep communities safe from crime.
Cheryl Batt is running the London Marathon for Crimestoppers
I chose Crimestoppers because itâ€™s a charity thatâ€™s very close to me. I work for the police so I see the good work that Crimestoppers does, providing anonymous information from the public that helps to solve crimes.
Itâ€™s so important to report crime. When I speak to victims, I always tell them that theyâ€™ve done the right thing by coming forward. It helps them but it also may be helping others by taking an offender off the street.
I am 50 next year and thought a marathon would be something good to do before that milestone and I believe anything is possible if you put your mind to it.
I have been running on and off for many years but the only race I have ever taken part in is the Race For Life, which was five kilometres.
The marathon is lot bigger than that so this is a huge challenge for me. My son has run a half marathon and come in the top three for the youth section, so I want him to feel really, really proud of his mum for completing this.
My training is going ok but I find it challenging sometimes due to the bad weather. Iâ€™ve reached 13 miles during my runs so far and my legs are like jelly afterwards.
Iâ€™ve been given lots of helpful tips for a marathon diet by a friend, which includes eating jelly babies for energy during the run.
We had a fundraising event at work where everyone was allowed to wear non-uniform if they paid Â£1. I had a cake sale and I also encouraged colleagues to dress up as something beginning with â€˜Câ€™ for Crimestoppers and Cheryl.
The prize for the best dressed went to one of the line managers who wore a full Charleston costume. My colleague and I also caused a few laughs by dressing up as a cow.
My family will be there to cheer me home. They have the route mapped out and itâ€™s their challenge to cheer me on from various points during the day.
I also have a great running app that I listen to for music, which should last about four hours. Iâ€™m counting on the public for support too.
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