Old Stopfordian Helen Gemmell (OS 2004) will be running the New York City marathon in November in aid of charity Get Kids Going, who give disabled children and young people the opportunity of participating in sport.
Helen hopes to raise £2,000 and explains why the charity is one close to her heart:
While I was at Stockport Grammar I was extremely lucky with the sport facilities that I had access to, and with the high level of coaching and support we were always given in sport. I captained the senior netball team, represented the county at netball and athletics, and was always very proud to be awarded my colours certificates throughout the years.
Sport has always been a large part of my life, and continues to be so. After Stockport Grammar School I went on to captain Durham University netball club, also playing in the English Netball Superleague. In 2008 I moved to London after being offered a job in natural catastrophe risk. I joined a London club and instantly made friends. I could go on about the values sport can equip a child with, but as a school that thoroughly embraces this, I am sure I won’t need to!
In short, the benefits I have gained from sport are immeasurable, and I count myself extremely lucky for this. I want to be able to help provide similar opportunities to less able people, so they can experience these benefits too.
If you’d like to sponsor Helen, you can do so on her Virgin Money Giving fundraising page. Helen has promised to give us an update following her completion of the marathon, so keep an eye on these pages over the coming months.