Anna Palmer, 32, from Birmingham, will take on the London Marathon for the first time on 23rd April to raise money for disability charity United Response.

Anna started running four years ago with the intention of getting fitter and losing weight.

She has now decided to take on the country’s most iconic running event in aid of United Response – a national charity which supports people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health needs.

Anna said:

“When I first started off, I couldn’t even run one lap around my local park. Over time though, I was soon able to run more consistently. I’ve done a few 5k runs, 10k runs and four half-marathons but this will be my first time at running a full marathon.”

Anna explained that the idea to run the London Marathon came from a long-running joke with her late nan.

“During the later stages of her cancer battle, my nan became less mobile and would often ask me and her other grandchildren what we had been up to, to get a bit of gossip after not being able to go out much herself,” she said.

“I'd always say to her (with my much larger frame) that I'd just popped out and run the London Marathon before coming round. She'd always laugh but then say ‘you can do anything you put your mind to you know’ which I've learned to be very true.

“After many years it's just such a lovely opportunity to prove that saying right.”

Anna was inspired to run for United Response through her work as a mental health nurse at Forward Thinking Birmingham.

“When I heard about United Response I couldn't wait to fundraise on their behalf,” she said. “As a mental health nurse I truly believe that empowering others to acknowledge and work with their strengths and abilities is the best way to nurture happiness, which is what the charity is all about.”

Anna has already succeeded in reaching her fundraising target, having hosted several bake sales in her local community and offered glitter and face painting during St Patricks Day celebrations.

To help her raise above and beyond her target, please visit Anna’s fundraising page:

To find out how to join the United Response cheer station at the London Marathon, visit: