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Jess represents Venture Trust at The London Marathon 2015

Yesterday, Venture Mòr's Business Development Manager, Jess, swapped the mountains of Applecross for the streets of London to run the one and only London Marathon!

After months of hard training up and down the snowy mountains of Applecross, the home of Venture Trust's social enterprise, Venture Mòr, Jess completed the London Marathon yesterday in an absolutely phenomenal 4 hours, 28 minutes! Through a number of fundraising events such as curry nights, micro-marathons, zumbathons, and film nights, Jess has managed to raise a whopping £2,541 for Venture Trust. This money will go a long way to supporting some of the hardest-to-reach people in Scotland and beyond.

Jess and her fellow 'Team Applecross' runners were certainly well prepared for the 26 miles and 385 yards having dedicated themselves to their intensive training, whatever the weather, in the great Scottish wilderness of Applecross, Wester Ross.

She was joined in London by Sarah, who ran for Fight for Sight, and 'Grandad' Gerry, who ran for Prostate Cancer UK. This meant that over 1% of the entire population of Applecross ran the London Marathon yesterday!

We're delighted with Jess' hard work and so proud to have her representing Venture Trust in London. On why Jess decided to run for Venture Trust she said:

"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.”

It's not too late to sponsor Jess! Head over to her Virgin Money Giving page to congratulate her and support Venture Trust.

For more information about Venture Trust's social enterprise, Venture Mòr, head over to their website, or you can like them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter for regular updates.

Once again, let's hear it for our fantastic supporter, Jess, who's hard work and dedication enables Venture Trust to continue supporting disadvantaged young people to make a positive change in their lives. In a way, Jess' achievement and determination reflects the achievements of our participants after taking on the challenge of Venture Trust's wilderness journey:

"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”- John Bingham

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