International ultramarathon runner Valeria Sesto is running the New Forest Marathon on Saturday 19 September and raising funds for youth charity, Olivia Inspires.
New Forest-based athlete Valeria has known Nigel and Paula Burt who founded Olivia Inspires in memory of their daughter Olivia, for many years. She also knew Olivia.
I like to share the things I love with others and if whilst doing so, it can contribute towards helping people, even better! So when Nigel and Paula approached me, I decided that I would offer to fundraise for Olivia Inspires with all and whatever-it-might-be that I was doing for the rest of the year.
We are so grateful to Valeria for offering to dedicate herself to fundraise for Olivia Inspires because, like so many charities our fundraising has been devastated by the Coronavirus Lockdown. If there is anyone else who would like to pick up the fundraising baton from Valeria that would be amazing. As a small local charity we rely upon our wonderful New Forest community to support us.
Last Sunday (30 August) Valeria warmed-up for the New Forest Marathon running a solo 6-hour Virtual Challenge, an International event for which you had to be selected. There were over 400 athletes competing from countries all around the world and Valeria covered a remarkable distance of just over 44 miles.
Please support me and support Olivia Inspires!
You can support Valeria’s fundraising by donating through her online giving page:
To find out more, make an application for support or donate to Olivia Inspires please visit www.oliviainspires.org.uk.
You can follow Olivia Inspires on Facebook @oliviainspires or Twitter @olivia_inspires.
Photo: Valeria Sesto after completing her 6-hour virtual challenge.