An Andover woman is about to achieve an ambition of a lifetime – and help change the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children along the way.
When Susie Currie takes part in the London Marathon next week she will be doing something she’s always dreamed about. And, at the same time, she’ll be raising money for a charity that supports children in Africa affected by HIV and other issues.
The 49-year-old, who was once a Great Britain modern pentathlete, won a golden ticket to take part in the world famous run in a lottery held her Liberty Global and she’s determined to make the best of the opportunity.
“The London Marathon has been a life ambition for me, and it will be great to raise money for charity too,” said the Virgin Media Business service relationship manager.
“I’ve always managed to avoid it – or make up excuses – for previous events. This year has been a tough one for me, so I’ve decided to do it to give me something to work towards, and focus my attention.”
And although luck brought Susie to the starting line, she’s not left finishing down to chance.
For the last few months she’s been training hard at Andover Leisure Centre for her big day and pounding the pavements on longer runs.
“Training has gone really well. I’ve had some great support. Al Darmanin, my fitness coach from the leisure centre, is a real taskmaster.”
“I hope to finish it in four hours but as long as I’m walking, I will be crossing the finish line!” she said
And Al has no doubts she’ll do well too.
“Susie has trained hard for this. She’s put herself in a fantastic position. We’ll be rooting for her all the way,” he said.
The charity Susie is supporting is Lessons for Life, which has helped, so far, more than 10,000 vulnerable children in sub-Saharan Africa go to or stay in school.
Susie hopes to raise £3,000 for the good cause. And all the money she raises will be matched by Virgin Media.
To donate to Susie’s challenge, search for Susanna Currie on Virgin Money Giving or go to here.