A Buxton woman is taking part in the Buxton Half Marathon this Sunday to raise money for Home-Start High Peak.
Katherine Rushton, 39, has chosen to support the charity which helped her so much when she moved to Buxton in February 2012 after fleeing from a violent and abusive relationship.
She said: “I received support in coping with the day to day practical challenges of being a single parent and the emotional challenges caused by the violence and abuse I experienced during pregnancy, birth and during the first two years after my daughter was born.
“The support I received included a six-week parenting course in my home tailored to my own personal family situation followed by fortnightly visits from one of Home-Start High Peak’s wonderful volunteers Lesley German.
“Thanks to Home-Start and the other wonderful local agencies and support groups, I have been able to create a secure and happy home for me and my daughter. I now feel stronger in every area of my life and much more able to move forwards. I owe them a huge thank you.”
She added: “It’s all about raising awareness as well as money.”
Anthea Smith, senior co-ordinator for Home-Start High Peak added: “We are delighted that Katherine has taken on the challenge of running to raise funds for our scheme. It’s amazing that she wants to do something like this for us and the sponsorship money she raises will really help the scheme to support more local families.”
To support Katherine, text HSHP14 £2/£5/£10 to 70070.