Jess Brown is saying thank you for the warmth and love of a local charity as she prepares for the London Marathon.
Jess, 29, first decided to apply for the London Marathon as a way to raise as much money as possible for St Wilfrid’s, a charity close to her heart.
“I’ve chosen St Wilfrid’s as the charity is incredibly dear to me. They care for both my maternal and paternal grandmothers, who sadly passed away as a result of cancer.
“I remember the warmth and love that surrounds the charity so well and the ability to create such a peaceful environment for end of life care was amazing.
“Doing the London Marathon is the best way I know how to say thank you to them for looking after both of my nans at the very end of their lives.”
Taking part in the marathon is part of Jess’ ‘30 before I’m 30’ challenge. So far she has already done the Ride London, a number of half marathons and the Berlin Marathon, as well as a range of non- sporting challenges, such as learning to drive.
“I’ve always been a keen sportswoman,” she said, “having rowed semi-professionally for a number of years so the physical challenge really appeals to me.”
As part of the fundraising in the lead-up to the marathon, Jess is hosting a 70s/80s disco on March 14 at Seasons, Nyewood Lane.
Jess said: “I wanted to do something fun, something that would encourage people to come out and have a good time and also feel like it wasn’t just a typical fundraising event – that they would also have a great night!
“I’m hoping that anyone with an interest in raising money for St Wilfrid’s will come along. It’s open to the public and I want to encourage families and groups to come down and be part of it.
“There will be a 70s/80s disco, nibbles and a raffle with some great prizes, including a free haircut at Buzby and Blue in Chichester. I’m also looking for more local businesses to supply raffle prizes.”
Tickets for the disco are £11.37.
To see Jess’ just giving page, visit: justgiving.com/JBLDN2020