I was very close to my grandmother and used to visit her on a regular basis when she was unwell. It was very clear to me how much she appreciated the company so when she passed away I decided to look into doing some voluntary work to improve the lives of others in a similar situation. I looked online and saw that Independent Age were looking for volunteers. I was immediately interested so I applied and was contacted shortly afterwards. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I absolutely love visiting the member I am assigned to and taking her for trips out. We're both foodies so we usually end up meeting in cafes or restaurants and end up chatting away for hours!

I decided to take on the half marathon challenge as I have always loved running and have taken part in a couple of shorter distance races in the past. My ambition is to run the London Marathon and my running has really improved recently, so I decided to sign up to the Southampton Half Marathon. I wanted to raise money for charity and because I have seen first-hand how brilliant Independent Age is, I wanted to help more people to be able to benefit from the charities services. It was this that motivated me to keep running during the harder parts of the race.

Other than the obvious exhaustion, after completing the half marathon I was overwhelmed by the thought of the difference the money I’ve raised will help to make. The first thing I wanted to do was to phone the member I am assigned to and tell her all about the race!

If you’re thinking about fundraising for Independent Age I would say do it! Independent Age is a fantastic charity who provide so much help to older people and in so many different ways. The isolation and loneliness that older age can bring doesn't bear thinking about, and Independent Age aims to help reduce this.

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