THE chief executive of a community trust will be taking on the gruelling London Marathon to raise money for vulnerable people throughout the county.

Ruth Heywood, CEO of Worcester Community Trust, has entered this year’s London Marathon to raise money for the trust in her first individual fundraiser.

The decision to enter the famous race comes on the back of taking part in the Worcester City 10k and other local events.

Ms Heywood said: “I really feel like I’m at the start of my journey at the moment.

“I’m feeling excited about the training but, of course, a little apprehensive about the run itself.

“Working within the trust, I see local people who need the charity in our centres every day, from children all the way through to the elderly, who all face such complex lives and challenges.

“I am so motivated by them and their struggle to get myself out the door in the freezing cold, pouring rain and pitch black.

“Every little donation really does make a difference, so please consider sponsoring me and helping someone in need in your home city of Worcestershire.

“Sadly, there are more and more people in Worcestershire that need our help every day, and I feel honoured and privileged to be able to make a difference each day and through this marathon.”

Ms Heywood joined the Black Pear Joggers group and completed 125 miles last month as part of her training with only 385 miles to go.

Worcester Community Trust provides projects to help those in need throughout the county, and always welcomes people who would like to know more about the charity or provide support through donations, volunteering or hosting a meeting or party in any of the six centres available for hire.

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