Runners who will be joining you on the Start Line share their fundraising journey and three tips to help you hit your target before Event Day.
Fundraiser of the Week, Kirsty Wilson, on making her mum proud.
The London Marathon has a special place in Kirsty's heart, as her dad ran the first edition of the world-famous event in 1981. Around 7,000 people took part that year, and now Kirsty will be one of the 50,000 participants on the Start Line in April.
Last year, Kirsty’s mum was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and that was when she approached Dementia UK.
“When mum was diagnosed, I thought this is the right time to do it. It feels like it fell into place and happened for a reason,” Kirsty says.
“As a family, we wanted to try and focus on something positive around the diagnosis. This is such a special opportunity, and I want to make my mum proud, while she still is able to know us all.”
Kirsty is a single parent with two young daughters under 10, so she has to be creative in order to incorporate fundraising and training into her working day.
However, it has given her something positive to talk about with her mum.
“Whenever I talk to my mum, dementia is the main thing we talk about and that is a lot,” Kirsty says. “The marathon gives focus to something else and for me to be able to talk to her about something I’m doing for her.”
Kirsty has been great at compartmentalising her fundraising and thinking how she can utilise the different areas of her life. Whether that’s considering what she can do with her daughter’s dance group, to which social media platforms she will use to document her journey.