Jennifer Fissenden, 33, from Maidstone will hit the streets of the capital on 23rd April to take on the London Marathon in aid of disability charity United Response.

United Response is a national charity supporting people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health needs to live their lives to the fullest.

Jennifer Fissenden wearing running vest

For Jennifer, running the London Marathon will fulfil a lifelong ambition. She said:

“Running the London Marathon has always been on my bucket list. When I was a child I used to visit London with my mum and we'd always spend time watching the runners. One year we helped giving out water and wet sponges - some truly special memories!

“In 2015 I watched my friend do the marathon and last year I supported my husband who also ran for United Response. I have been inspired to fulfil one of my ambitions!”

Jennifer has always enjoyed running and uses it as part of her training as a National Netball Umpire.

As head of maths at a secondary school and a mum-of-one, Jennifer has had to fit in marathon training around a hectic schedule.

“Training for the marathon has been a challenge as I have had to build the distance each week and also increase how many times I run,” she said. “With a 15-month-old baby and work it's been tough squeezing it all in!”

Jennifer commented on fundraising for United Response:

“The work and support United Response do for young adults with disabilities and mental health issues is just incredible and if I can help in any way I will! I work with young people as a Maths Teacher and being able to support and help people is just in my nature.” 

To help Jennifer reach her fundraising target, visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JenniferFissenden

To find out how to join the United Response cheer station at the London Marathon, visit: https://www.unitedresponse.org.uk/london-marathon-cheering

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