17 April 2015
Brave Sarah Carpenter, from Chislehurst, Bromley, will run her first ever London Marathon this month to raise money for us.
The 36-year-old, who has been a victim of mugging, says she’s seen the negative impact that crime can have and hopes to make a difference with her fundraising.
Victim of Crime
Sarah said: “I know what effect crime can have on people. I was a victim of mugging while I was at university in Birmingham.
“I had been celebrating my graduation day with friends and was on my way home when I was attacked as I waited for a train at the station.
“I’d just climbed the stairs to the platform when I was approached by a man who swore at me and threatened to take my bag.
“Instinctively I tried to hang on to it – even though there was only about £3 inside – but he grabbed it from me after dragging me down the stairs and kicking me in the head.
“After that I really became wary of public spaces and not letting people get too close to me.
“It really opened my eyes to the kind of crimes that can happen to you or right on your doorstep.
“Since then I’ve become more aware of crime. My other half is a policeman and I hear what he has to deal with on a daily basis.
“We all deserve to live in communities free from crime and that’s why I chose Crimestoppers as a worthy cause to support.”
Gruelling Training Regime
Since signing up for the run in January, Sarah, a regional manager for The Body Shop, has put herself through a gruelling training regime – running a minimum of three times a week.
She said: “Before this I’d only ever been in the gym a handful of times and I’m not a fitness freak by any means but the marathon really appealed to me.
“I signed up because I felt it would be liberating – like getting a tattoo. It’s the first time I’ve really done something for myself and I really wanted to take on the challenge.
“It can be really hard to get motivated – especially during the cold evenings after work – but I’ve really noticed a difference in myself. As well as feeling fitter, I actually seem more relaxed and I’m definitely getting a better night’s sleep.”
Sarah’s goal is to raise £1500 for Crimestoppers and she’s been holding themed days at 21 of The Body Shop stores she manages to boost her sponsorship.
She said: “Work has been incredibly supportive. We’ve put collection tins in all the stores I manage and we’ve been holding different events to help raise money."
Getting to the Finish Line
Although she admits she’s nervous about the big day, Sarah says her partner, as well as family and friends, will be there to cheer her on.
She added: “My tactic on the day will be not to rush. I want to find a comfortable pace and enjoy myself. The most important thing is taking part.
“When I finish I’m going to treat myself to a big McDonald’s meal because I haven’t been able to really eat anything like that in a very long time. The thought of that should really help me through to the finish line.”
You can help Sarah reach her fundraising target here http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SarahCarpenter5