WILTSHIRE councillor Laura Mayes is to undertake her second half marathon for our Give Us A Chance appeal, despite breaking a bone in her foot back in May.
She ran the race in March, raising £1,000 for the Devizes Opportunity Centre, the nursery for children with special needs, and then came a cropper.
She said: “It was such a silly accident. I tripped over the dog’s bowl. It was so annoying being unable to run, having got fit for the Bath Half Marathon a few months earlier.
“I have no idea what time I will do. I am just aiming to get round. I thought if I told everyone I would be running for the opportunity centre then I wouldn’t be able to back out.”
She will be taking part in the Devizes Half Marathon on October 19 and hopes to raise £250 for our appeal for Devizes Opportunity Centre.
Coun Mayes, who is the Cabinet member for children’s services at Wiltshire Council, pledged her personal support for the centre after the council passed on a cut in central Government grant funding that meant it lost £10,000 a year.
The centre also hopes to receive a funding boost from Lloyds Bank Community Fund. There are only a few days left for people to vote for the centre to receive the top award of £3,000.
Voting ends at 11.59pm on October 10. Go to www.lloyds bank.com/communityfund You do not have to be a Lloyds customer to take part.
The next fundraising event is an Indian supper evening at the Taste of Bengal restaurant in New Park Street, Devizes on October 12 from 6pm to 9pm. Tickets cost £15 per head.
A fundraising evening is to be held at the Wyvern Club, Devizes on October 18 from 7.30pm to midnight with live singer Lee Napier.
To book tickets for either event, call 01380 726077.