Godmother takes on challenge of marathon to help support children like her godson Thomas

Hannah -Pearce -web PicHere Hannah Pearce from Dorking in Surrey tells us why she is running one of the most famous road races in the world, to raise money for Contact.

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I have been running for a few years but this will my first marathon. I am married with a little boy. I work for the charity Age UK and I am joint Head of External Affairs which means I am responsible, with my job share partner, for campaigns and lobbying work on a wide range of issues from health and social care to loneliness, poverty and transport.

Why did you decide to support Contact by taking part in the London Marathon?

I am running for Contact because of my godson Thomas. Thomas is a gorgeous, happy 4-year old with extremely complex disabilities which mean that he is unable to communicate, move or eat without assistance and will need support throughout his life. 

He and his family have been supported by Contact and through my relationship with them all I have learnt how difficult life can be when you have a child with disabilities. Very often parents have to fight to get the support, education, health and social care their children need. Contact provides much needed advice and support to these families.

What has been the biggest challenge in your London marathon journey so far?

Finding the time to run! I would describe my running style as 'plodding' so it takes me ages to run 14 miles (let alone 26.2!) - my furthest run to date. If I'm not running I'm often trying to think about when I can fit in my next run between eating, sleeping, working and parenting!

What are you most/least excited about?

I'm really excited about the atmosphere on marathon day. I've watched the London marathon several times from the sidelines and even as a spectator I've been deeply moved by the event. The sheer number of people running, the thousands of people supporting, and the tremendous effort and appreciation that makes up the day is truly special. 

Do you have any hobbies or interests outside running?

I'm passionate about education and have been a school governor for the past 8 years and am currently chair of the governing board for a primary school. It's a huge pleasure to be involved with the school and to watch the children learn and grow into thoughtful, intelligent and interesting young people. 

Also we've just bought a puppy so any bits of spare time are now going to be filled with dog-walking and puppy training! 

To sponsor Hannah donate via her fundraising page


Written by Contact at 12:44