A YOUNG runner from Earlsdon will line up at the annual Chester marathon in October to raise money for Mind UK.
Becky Hereward, who will be participating in her first ever marathon, is currently studying occupational therapy at Coventry University.
The 21-year-old’s chosen charity – Mind UK – campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and increase people’s understanding on mental health and illness.
Becky said: “I know people who have suffered from depression and I myself have struggled with eating problems so to raise money for ‘Mind’ was certainly the right route to go down.
“This is the first marathon that I’ll be taking part in and I have to admit I am slightly nervous.
“I’ve been following a nutrition plan and doing plenty of training to ensure that I’m prepared for the event.”
Mental health is something that Becky is particularly passionate about and has set a target of £300 to raise for Mind.
She added: “Mental health and illness is so often brushed aside in society but I think it’s important that people are educated and that those suffering have access to the right services.
“One in four people will suffer from a mental health problem throughout their lives, I believe that each one of those people support and respect.”
Becky will be raising money right up until the marathon, which takes place on October 4 later this year.
To help Becky achieve her £300 target for Mind charity, visit www.justgiving.com/beckyhereward or visit www.cwmind.org.uk for more information.