Running the London Marathon is a dream come true. When I left my abusive partner 11 years ago. I wasn't just leaving the abuse he had subjected me too, but a lifetime of abuse and neglect.
Running became a big part of my healing process. It helped me release stress and gain a sense of self-worth. Which was so important with two small children depending on me to stay strong.
I now call this my Forest Gump era - I started running and did not stop. This saw me running my first marathon in Sydney at the age of 40.
Returning to England to run the London Marathon feels like completing the circle. To be back in England for the first time in over a decade on my terms doing what makes me happy. It will be the next step in my healing.
Running for ActionAid is the missing piece of the puzzle.
Anyone who follows my work will know. I am passionate about women's financial viability. It is my big WHY when it comes to my business. Because educating organisations about the complexities of domestic violence and how to support their employees who are impacted; will mean more women remain in employment. Avoiding poverty and all the stress and hardship that comes with it.
Being pushed into poverty after leaving my own abusive marriage made me determined to do all I could to help others get out of and avoid poverty.
Poverty is mean, it took away my freedom of choice, self-respect and my sense of well-being. My road out of poverty has been as long as it was lonely. Still, it will take a long time to be back to where I would have been financially. To get to where I am has taken support from so many people and organisations. I appreciate all the help I have been given over the years; and I know I would not be where I am today without it.
So, to be able to do just a little to pay back all the kindness I received is rewarding. To do it running the London is for me two passions colliding.
Please help me pay it forward by donating to my fund-raising efforts. I know from experience the difference your contribution will make.