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Inspiring Individuals: Paula

15 February 2021

Paula Marten, Assistant Head Teacher at Chailey Heritage School, recently completed the Virtual Valentine's 10K Run, and has fundraised over £1,300 for Patchwork Farm. 

Here's what she had to say:

"I started running in April 2020 during the first lockdown, following the Couch to 5K programme like thousands of other people. Totally unexpected, as I hated cross-country running when I was a teenager at school and have avoided running in any form ever since. I quickly realised why the Couch to 5K is so popular – it’s because it works! And strangely, I found I was enjoying it. Some of the team in the Hanbury Department at school encouraged me to keep going, with stories of how they’d gone on to run marathons and become super-fit as a result of running short intervals and then building up. I carried on running once the nine weeks had passed, and when the Valentine’s Day run was suggested at a staff meeting in January 2021, I embraced the challenge! I wanted any funds raised to go to Patchwork Farm, as it’s one part of Chailey Heritage which will always be close to my heart. I was closely involved with the farm from the outset, in May 2015, and seeing it grow from an idea into something real has been amazing. I know that funds go directly towards improving the quality of life for these children and young people through the farm, and in lockdown it is even more important than ever, as the off site visits can’t take place as they used to. I am really grateful to all of the people who have supported me – together we’ve made a difference!"

Thank you Paula! If you feel inspired to take on a challenge like Paula take a look at events we have available here or get in touch to discuss your ideas by emailing fundraising@chf.org.uk  

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