Determined Doncaster runner raises first aid charity cash

Justine Bowker, 29, is running the  Virgin Money London Marathon
Justine Bowker, 29, is running the Virgin Money London Marathon

A determined Doncaster woman will hit the road in aid of St John Ambulance later this month when she takes part in the Virgin Money Marathon.

Justine Bowker, 29, from Wheatley Hills, is running the iconic race in support of the first aid charity, as she volunteered with St John Ambulance during her University days.

“Signing up for the London Marathon has made a real difference to my life,” said Justine.

“After a difficult relationship breakdown I needed something to focus on to get myself back on track. Rising to the challenge of training for the London Marathon has transformed me and has been such a positive experience – my self-confidence has come back and I’m so much stronger. Since starting my training and fundraising I have met so many amazing people with hearts of gold. It was especially heart-warming to see the overwhelming generosity of the public while singing all over Doncaster to raise funds during the Christmas holidays, as well as the support from family and friends. I wanted to share my story to help others who’ve escaped bad relationships and show you can do anything you put your mind to if you believe in yourself.”

Justine added: “St John Ambulance is a charity close to my heart. I used to be a SJA volunteer at university and have seen first-hand the remarkable work they do.”

St John Ambulance is urging runners who have secured a place in the Virgin Money London Marathon to consider raising money for charity, as they take part in the iconic event on April 22.

Anyone who won a place in the ballot, without choosing a charity to support, can still put their best foot forward to fundraise for St John Ambulance, the nation’s leading first aid charity.

In last year’s marathon, 160 St John Ambulance runners raised £270,000 to support the charity’s life saving work.

To sponsor Justine visit www.justgiving.com/justine-bowker site. Email events@sja.org.uk or call 0207 324 4168 for more