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Team Applecross Run The London Marathon

It's not every day you get the chance to run over 26 miles through London... it's not every day you would want to run over 26 miles through London, but Jess is doing just that in aid of Venture Trust!

This year celebrates The London Marathon's 35th anniversary, and it's a very special year for Venture Trust too- our first ever London Marathon runner will pound the streets of the capital to raise money for Venture Trust! Jess, who is the Business Development Manager of Venture Trust's social enterprise, Venture Mòr, is currently training hard in the outstanding natural landscapes of Scotland with her team of Applecross runners.

She is joined by Sarah, who's is raising money for Fight for Sight, and 'Granddad Gerry' who's raising money for Prostate Cancer UK. Together they have organised a number of events, from Zumba-thons, to bake sales, micro-marathons, to film nights to raise their pledged targets of a whopping £2,000 each for their chosen charity. You can follow their progress on Facebook, Twitter, and on their website and blog too.

On why she decided to take on the challenge, Jess told us:

"I have been blown away by the good things [Venture Trust does] for disadvantaged young adults through outdoor adventure. A lot of the people who come through the Venture Trust's doors have been missed or even turned away by society. It is the hard work, patience and utter brilliance of the people at this organization that really make a difference to so many young lives.

The money raised for the Venture Trust will go some way towards funding more places for young people that, because of their past experiences, have become marginalised and vulnerable and are living chaotic lifestyles. The Venture Trust wilderness courses use a combination of counselling, constructive support, practical help and outdoor adventure to provide individuals with the capacity to make positive changes, and to take responsibility for their lives.

I work for Venture Mòr, the newly established social enterprise wholly owned by Venture Trust. We are made up of three parts: an outdoor activity company providing adventure holidays across the Highlands; a large hub in the form of Hartfield House hostel in Applecross, and; a pledge to provide a springboard into the world of work for disadvantaged young adults. So raising funds for Venture Trust is an extension of what we are trying to do through Venture Mòr.

I will be working for my money, hosting regular events and putting myself through my paces every week in the spectacularly steep hills of Applecross. For full details of all our events and training, check the Team Applecross Run London facebook page."

Please pop over to Jess' fundraising page to make a donation and cheer her on... afterall, she's the one doing the leg work... 26 miles of it!

If you feel like taking on a similar challenge, please do have a look at our events page!

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