SOLIHULL woman Julia Brookes, procurement and commercial contract manager for Virgin Trains based in Birmingham, has secured a space at next year’s London Marathon and is raising money for the company’s chosen charity CLIC Sargent.
The children’s charity aims to ease the burden of childhood cancer on children, young people and their families.
Next year, Virgin takes the title sponsorship of the world-famous event and Julia, who lives in Solihull, received her place after entering the official marathon ballot and will run alongside a few of her colleagues from Virgin Trains in the 2010 Marathon.
Julia will also be running alongside the Virgin Group Chairman and Founder, Sir Richard Branson, who will be running his first ever marathon next April. The Virgin Trains’ runners will join over 35,000 people for the 26.2 mile course around the River Thames.
“After and long and brave battle with cancer, I lost my dearest mum to cancer in September 2009. I therefore have a deep passion and focus for raising money for charities caring for patients with cancer.
“CLIC Sargent is one of those wonderful charities, caring for youngsters who have been tragically diagnosed with the illness. I would very much like to raise as much cash as possible for the charity. If you would like to support me please visit the website http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JuliaBrookes”.
The London Marathon is considered to be the ultimate combination of sport and fundraising, and is the largest annual fundraising event in the world with over £40million raised in 2009. All Virgin Trains runners will be having fun whilst trying to beat their individual fundraising targets of £2,000.