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Leading disability charity inspires marathon runner to get back on the track

Leading disability charity inspires marathon runner to get back on the track

A local solicitor has been inspired to overcome her fears and enter the London Marathon, thanks to disability charity Papworth Trust.

Three years ago, solicitor Jodie Potts of Cambridge firm Taylor Vinters caught the running bug and signed up for the Paris Marathon. But when injuries sustained in a traumatic car crash forced her to pull out, Jodie lost confidence and felt that she had failed the challenge she had set herself. Thinking her injuries meant she would never be able to take part in another Marathon, Jodie quit running altogether.

But Jodie’s outlook changed when Papworth Trust visited Taylor Vinters. Jodie said “Papworth Trust told us how donations can have an impact on the lives of disabled people. When I found out that they had just been given five places in the 2011 Virgin London Marathon, the idea of raising money for a great cause gave me the motivation I needed to try running again.”

Jodie was offered one of the Trust’s Marathon places and has begun training. She said “Getting into training has been great and I’ve definitely rediscovered my love for running. Knowing that a charity is depending on me to do my best is making the cold and icy morning runs so much easier. I am thrilled that I’ll be running the Marathon in aid of Papworth Trust and I hope to complete the challenge that I set myself several years ago!”

If you would like to sponsor Jodie, visit her JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/Jodie-Potts.

To register your interest in one of Papworth Trust’s 2012 London Marathon places, please call Mandy Barker on 01480 357200 or email mandy.barker@papworth.org.uk.

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About Papworth Trust:
Leading disability charity Papworth trust helps over 17,000 people each year through a wide range of services covering Employment, Vocational rehabilitation, Housing, Personal Support and Learning for Life and Work. The charity has doubled in size in the last three years.

The Trust also works with the Government, employers, service providers, and commissioners to promote disability equality and good practice.

Notes for editors:
If you would like to speak to the case study directly, please email kerry.atkinson@papworth.org.uk or call 01480 357263.

For further information, please contact:
Kerry Atkinson, E-Communications Executive, Papworth Trust
T:01480 357263
E: kerry.atkinson@papworth.org.uk

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