A mother-of-two from north Suffolk says her years working with children has inspired her fundraising for a cancer charity, as she readies herself for her first ever London Marathon this month.
Amy Godbold, 36, of Hill Farm in Metfield, aims to break her personal record on Sunday, April 24, when she embarks on the 26-mile challenge — a distance greater than any she has covered in a decade of running.
The run will cap months of fundraising for the benefit of Children With Cancer UK, a charity which Mrs Godbold, who works as a child minder, described as a ‘natural choice.’
“I have always worked with children, so I wanted to pick a charity to do with children,” she told the Diss Express.
“I started running about ten years ago to keep fit. Over the years, I’ve done ten kilometres and half marathons. The next step was the London Marathon.
“I am feeling confident. I’m a little bit nervous, but I am feeling ready.”
Mrs Godbold, who has two children — seven-year-old George, and Ella, aged five — started fundraising last year with a Halloween fancy dress party, followed by a Christmas crafts day and cake sales.
At the time of going to press, her efforts have brought in £2,599.50 for the charity, which provides care and researches childhood cancer, smashing the initial target of £2,000.
Mrs Godbold added: “The fundraising has been going really well. I’m overwhelmed by people’s generosity.
“A huge thank you to everyone who gave up their time, supported and donated to this fantastic cause.”
Her next fundraiser is a one-mile children’s marathon next Friday, 6-7.45pm, at Mendham and Withersdale Village Hall, with entry at £2.50 per child.
To support Mrs Godbold, please visit www.justgiving.com/Amy-Godbold4