Lucy Thornton-Reid, Fundraising Officer

Last month we opened the search for two members of the public to run the TCS London Marathon in aid of Nene Park Trust. I am excited to introduce you to Amy and Anne who will be taking on the challenge, whilst fundraising for Nene Park Trust, on 2nd October 2022. 

Our runners - Amy and Anne

Even though Amy and Anne are part of the same local running group ‘Yaxley Runners’, they volunteered independently.

Amy lives in Yaxley and has been a runner on and off since she was a teenager. Amy put herself forward to run the marathon for Nene Park Trust, and shared her reason why:

“Having grown up in Peterborough I have always visited Ferry Meadows from an early age and now as a parent a visit to the Park to watch the wildlife or let my daughter play on the parks is paramount to my sanity! She even learnt to ride her bike at Ferry Meadows. We regularly visit the Park with friends to catch-up, have a walk and then a coffee and cake at one of the cafés. As a runner, I take advantage of the running routes around the Park and find it a peaceful place to exercise. I also love the Parkrun community who meet on a Saturday.”

Anne has lived within walking distance of Ferry Meadows for over 25 years, for which she feels very lucky! Anne also shared why she is running the marathon for Nene Park Trust:

“We are so lucky in Peterborough to have such a fantastic open space like Nene Park, which is so easily accessible to everyone in the city. It provides a welcome respite for myself and so many other people. There is so much on offer,  from taking a refreshing stroll, a family amble or a quick dog walk, a ride around the cycle ways or a paddle at Nene Outdoors, and for me in more recent years, a jog around the lakes or a social Parkrun. We are all so used to having this on our doorstep, and taking it for granted, but many people aren't aware that it's all run by a Charitable Trust. So, I'm really excited to be able to do my bit, to help Nene Park Trust do so much for so many.”

We are delighted to have these two wonderful women taking on this huge personal challenge in aid of Nene Park Trust! We will be regularly documenting Amy and Anne’s journey to the start line, so please do keep an eye out on our social media posts.

Amy and Anne will not only be making a huge personal achievement but also making a difference to a charity they care about, Nene Park Trust, through fundraising. Their donations will go directly to helping make sure Nene Park can be enjoyed by all for many years to come. Community fundraising is a powerful way to make a difference, bringing together members of the community to support a cause important to them. If you would like to support Amy and Anne, as well as the Trust, you can donate online:

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If you ever have a fundraising idea that you would like to talk about, or need support in starting, we would love to hear from you. Please email the fundraising team at [email protected] or call us on 01733 306035.