Jessica runs 10 marathons in 10 different countries for Aylesbury's Wheelpower charity
Jessica Standley a solicitor from London law firm, Bolt Burdon Kemp has raised £15,999.31 including gift aid, after completing 10 marathons in 10 different countries.
The funds were raised for two great charities, WheelPower and the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC).
Jessica, an associate in the Abuse team at Bolt Burdon Kemp, is passionate about representing survivors of abuse and cares deeply about those who are in need.
After sparking a love for running in 2012, Jessica began training to accomplish her goal of running 10 marathons in 10 countries.
She tenaciously pursued this goal over the course of 3.5 years, finally achieving it in May 2019 and running the final marathon in Edinburgh in fancy dress as Wonder Woman.
Throughout the journey she has overcome a number of running injuries including a stress fracture in April 2018 which meant she had to delay training.
She used this time to arrange black tie charity ball which took place in October 2018 helping her meet her fundraising target.
Jessica said, “It has not always been easy training and completing the 10 marathons!
"Fitting training in around everything else can be difficult however, knowing I was raising funds for such great causes kept me running.
"I am incredibly proud to have completed the challenge and raised more than my original target.
"Will I keep running? I don’t think I can imagine my life without running now!”
Marathons Jessica has taken part in:
· November 2015 - New York
· October 2016 – Dublin
· April 2017 – London
· September 2017 – Berlin
· November 2017 – Florence
· March 2018 – Barcelona
· April 2018 – Vienna
· May 2018 - Edinburgh (had to withdraw due to injury)
· October 2018 – Budapest
· April 2019- Paris
· May 2019 – Edinburgh
WheelPower are dedicated to providing opportunities for disabled people to find a sport they enjoy and provide opportunities to introduce people to wheelchair support over the year.
Their work has contributed to the rise in the number of disabled people playing sport.
Jo Hall, at WheelPower said, “We are incredibly proud of Jess’s efforts in raising £8,000 for WheelPower, a phenomenal amount.
"The funds raised will go towards our programme of sporting events for disabled children and recently injured adults in 2020 including the provision of sporting facilities for events and training at Stoke Mandeville Stadium’.