We are super proud of our colleague Jess Shinkins-Bartlett who took on the London Marathon this year in aid of raising money for Berkshire MS Therapy Centre.
The charity which provides a community spirited safe environment for people receiving treatment for Multiple Sclerosis is something that is very close to Jess’s heart as unfortunately her mum and other members of her family are candidates for the condition.
Spurred on by this, Jess completed the 26.2mile race in an amazing time of 5 hours and 18 minutes – plus she came away injury free! Which is fantastic news considering the incredibly tough conditions she was faced with on the day.
‘I typically worry about everything and although I had put in the time and effort with my training it still felt like a daunting experience. It was also just my luck that the year I signed up for the marathon it ended up being the hottest one on record since 1997!’ Said Jess, who works within our Mediplacements Mental Health Team. ‘Still, without a doubt it is my biggest achievement and I am so pleased I did it.’
Jess set her fundraising target as £1,700 which she overwhelmingly smashed, raising a final amount of £3,550 for her charity.
‘The support I have had from everyone has played a massive role with my experience of the marathon. There were times when I wanted to give up but the support and motivation from others pulled me through.’ Said Jess.
To find out more about Berkshire MS Therapy Centre please visit bmstc.org