A Clapham resident, Laura Apps, will be taking on the London Marathon for the first time on 24th April, to raise money for national disability charity, United Response.

Laura, 25, is hoping to raise £2,000 for United Response, a charity which supports people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health needs to live the lives they choose.

Through personal experiences, Laura is conscious of the difficulties people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health needs can face when trying to find the right support.

Laura said:

“When reading about United Response, I was really touched to see that there is a charity out there that addresses people’s individual needs and helps them to grow in confidence, learn new skills and equips them for work and everyday life.

“United Response is a wonderful charity which looks at people as individuals, with unique needs and aspirations, and works out a plan to support them with their personal challenges. Importantly, it provides a voice for those who are often overlooked.”

Laura getting ready to run in her United Response running vest

Laura has been running for a year and is pushing herself to the limit with the 26-mile challenge.

“I’ve done a 10km run and a half-marathon before but this is my first time ever doing a marathon! My running has stepped up a lot since I started training. I really like running and being fit and healthy, but I wanted to take it one step further this year,” she said.

Laura has been training hard for her first ever marathon

To help Laura reach her fundraising target, please visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LauraApps

To find out more about the event, or to join our cheer station on the day, you can contact Sarah from United Response’s fundraising team on 0208 879 4987.


Donate to Laura's fundraising page