SARAH Simpson sees first-hand what a difference the Fylde Coast Women’s Aid charity makes to women’s lives.
The 35-year-old, from Fleetwood, started volunteering for the organisation at the start of this year - after being inspired by hearing about its work.
And now Sarah, a manager at Vue Cinema in Cleveleys, wants to help the charity further by putting on her running shoes and raising money through a half-marathon.
She will be running 13.1 miles in the Preston Guild event, on Sunday.
Sarah - who had never run before this year, when she decided to take part in the Blackpool 10k – said: “I’ve been volunteering at the drop-in every Thursday and been to the refuge a couple of times, though I haven’t had much chance to do that.
“I work full-time as well and lately have been doing a lot of training ready for the half-marathon.
“I wanted to volunteer for Fylde Coast Women’s Aid because I really do admire the work they do. They help so many women.
“Nationally, two women are killed every week because of domestic violence, so the work of charities like this really does save lives.
“And it makes a difference to countless others.
“It provides real support for women who really need it.
“So that made me want to do something to raise funds too, to help keep the work going and help more women.”
Sarah decided on a half-marathon after running the Blackpool 10k in May.
She said: “After completing the 10k, I decided to set myself the challenge and raise money at the same time.
“I managed to find a 12-week training programme on the internet, which I have been following, and the other week I managed to run from Fleetwood to St Annes - which is 11.7 miles.
“All the running training has made me feel great.
“I feel fitter, I’ve given up smoking, I have more energy - it’s great.
“I just want to raise as much money as possible, because I know it is going to a really good cause, which helps so many people.”
Anyone who would like to sponsor Sarah can log onto www.justgiving.com/sarah-simpson77