Ruth Chambers was so moved by our support for both her parents that she donned a pair of lycra shorts to run her first (and last) fundraising marathon.
The environmental consultant was born and raised in South Wales, but now lives in London – which caused real logistical difficulties when her mum suddenly died a few years ago.
Ruth recalled: “Mum and Dad had been married for over 50 years, and he really didn’t cope very well after she passed away. And since I was stuck in London throughout the week, there wasn’t anyone to pop round and check on him.”
Luckily, the British Red Cross support at home service learned of Ruth’s plight and stepped in to help.
Ruth said: “The volunteers were a fantastic help to my Dad – an absolute life-line – and they also gave me peace-of-mind while I was away. It’s a wonderful service.”
Sadly, this wasn’t to be Ruth’s only experience of losing a parent. But when her father later had his final illness, the Red Cross was once more there to support him.
That’s why, aged 45, Ruth resolved to take on a marathon challenge – and went on to raise almost £3,000.
Ruth explained: “I really wanted to support the Red Cross because they were a fantastic help to my parents.”
And, in spite of the aches and blisters, she thoroughly enjoyed the race. She added: “Completing the London Marathon was in itself an amazing experience. It was tough, but I’m so glad I was able to do it for such a great charity.”
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