Two Berwick tutors who are helping young people get their lives back on track are gearing up for a marathon mission for charity.
Craig Rowan and Jenny Patterson, both tutors at the Edinburgh centre of the youth support charity Rathbone, will be taking part in this year’s London Marathon with their colleague Alistair Sim to raise money for the organisation.
“As tutors we’re both focussed on helping our learners to succeed and we wanted to challenge ourselves to raise money to support the fantastic work Rathbone does to help young people to find a job or further their education and skills,” Craig said.
The gruelling endurance feat is the latest sporting challenge for Jenny, who plays football for Lowick Ladies, and was recently nominated for Berwick’s sportswoman of the year.
“The football has helped with my general fitness levels but marathon training is completely different to what I’m used to and keeping free of injuries in my matches so I can do the running to prepare has been really tricky,” said Jenny.
Craig’s preparations for the marathon have also been complicated after he recently became a father for the first time.
“Preparing for the marathon and being the parent of a new born child has certainly been a unique challenge but hopefully I’ve managed it and everything is coming together,” he said.
The pair’s fundraising efforts for Rathbone will start before taking their first stride in the marathon, with a race night organised at Tweedmouth Bowling Club, this Saturday, March 15.
Anyone can attend the event, which will start at 7.30pm and is free entry.
You can also donate money for Craig and Jenny’s fundraising efforts online at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/RathboneEdinburgh.
Rathbone also provides a range of youth employability training to young people supporting their progression to further education, training and work.
Last year Rathbone supported over 10,900 young people and has 45 centres in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. For more information visitwww.rathboneuk.org.