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 she’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 it’s a charity that’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.
It’s so important to report crime. When I speak to victims, I always tell them that they’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. I’ve reached 13 miles during my runs so far and my legs are like jelly afterwards.
I’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 £1. I had a cake sale and I also encouraged colleagues to dress up as something beginning with ‘C’ 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 it’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. I’m counting on the public for support too.
Help me reach my fundraising target http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CherylBatt