Back in October we promised to keep you up to date on how we’re working with our friends at Refuge in 2013. So we’re really excited to tell you about an almighty challenge some of our Benebabes have set themselves. Never ones to shy away from a challenge the team were quick off their marks to volunteer for the Virgin London Marathon 2013. The 26.2 mile journey will take place on Sunday April 21st but as our ladies will tell you, their journeys have already started.
We asked Beth Stonley (National Training Manager) and Katie Clarke (Account Manager) why they wanted to run for Refuge, how they felt when they found out they had a place and what they’re doing to prepare…
Beth says, “I wanted to run for Refuge because I want to help raise money and awareness for a charity that’s mission is for women and children to live in a world where domestic violence does not exist or is ignored. I mean that’s not really a lot to ask… IS IT? Right now it appears so, as we still live in a country with some pretty scary statistics… 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence! This meaning it’s pretty likely that your mum/sister/auntie/friend/colleague… or you could be that person.
I ran the London Marathon last year and it was an incredible and emotional event… it took me on my very own personal journey. I was disappointed when I didn’t secure a place for 2013… however they say ‘things happen for a reason’ so when Refuge said they had secured me a place… I felt really humbled. Now not only was I going to be running… but I was going to be raising money for these amazing people.
I know that the Marathon last year was a BIG commitment, so knew I had to get my butt into gear. So I just completed Run to the Beat half Marathon in London… was a GREAT half and a good start to test my base fitness. Needless to say I am going to have to do some serious work to complete my goal of sub 4. I had the Benefit Global Education Conference in San Francisco the week after, so what better way to start running!! Early morning runs along the pier… views of the golden gate and Alcatraz and the motivating feeling when you see other people out running too. Pictures of tears, tears and treadmills to follow!”
Katie says, ‘The reason I chose to run for Refuge was because I was in a violent relationship for four years. I never had any support from anyone outside the family and I only found out about Refuge after I got a conviction against my ex-partner. I think it’s a great charity and domestic violence is a subject people avoid. I want to be able to raise money and awareness to help others and to make it an easier subject for people to talk about so these women can speak up and know that someone will listen. I was so pleased when I received my place as this is the start of my journey to help. So for my preparation, I have done regular runs (well jogging) up to 7 miles, Its slowed lately due to work and this year I am catching every cough and cold going around but I am not too worried, I used to run long distance and well, so I am hoping my body will remember that as it has been ten years and three children later!”
To support Beth or Katie please donate on –
Team Benefit will be there on the day to cheer them on, ready with vaselline, shaking our pink buckets and obviously giving them a much needed Benefit pamper session when they finish. Keep checking back to see what you can do to get involved and help.
www.refuge.org.uk Freephone 24 hour national domestic violence helpline 0808 200 0247
Refuge have also just launched their ‘message in a bauble’ campaign which hopes to raise substantial amounts of money for their life saving and underfunded services. We are asking supporters to donate a couple of pounds, download a bauble form and write a message of support for women and children in our refuges. The baubles can either be posted or emailed across and will be hung on a Christmas tree in our refuges.
Write your message and show your support here: http://refuge.org.uk/get-involved/christmas-2012-write-a-message-on-a-bauble/