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Kathy and Ramesh make marathon effort for Vibrance


Kathy and Ramesh make marathon effort for Vibrance

Vibrance HR manager, Kathy Stapleton, left, and Redbridge Day Services activity worker, Ramesh Pala, who will be running in their first ever marathon on Sunday.

Two members of staff from an Ilford charity are hoping to avoid any blisters when they take part in the London Marathon.

Ramesh Pala and Kathy Stapleton, who both work for social care charity Vibrance, will be undertaking the gruelling challenge on Sunday (April 13).

Day Services activity worker Ramesh Pala and HR manager Kathy Stapleton will be running in their first ever marathon.

Kathy, aged 49, said: “I only started running about 18 months ago to get fit. I run three times a week now with the Dagenham 88 running club.

“I decided to enter the marathon as I’m 50 in June and it felt like it would be an achievement - it seemed like a good idea at the time. I’ve been running about 35 miles a week to prepare. Everyone has been really supportive and I’ve got family from all over the country coming down on Sunday to cheer me on.

“I’ve joked with Ramesh that he will probably have his feet up with a cup of tea by the time I cross the finish line,” added Kathy, who lives in Romford.

So far, Kathy has raised £550 for the ‘Vibrance Dream Pot’. The money supports service users to fulfil everyday ambitions that non –disabled people sometimes take for granted.

Ramesh, aged 52, from Ilford, said his main goal was to finish the race.

“I started running about three-and-a-half years ago and I have tried to get a place in the marathon for the past three years. It has turned out to be a case of third time lucky for me and I’m really looking forward to crossing the finish line.

“I have family looking forward to the event and sister coming down from Leicester with nephews to cheer me on during the marathon,” added Mr Pala, who runs with the East London Runners in Wanstead.

Vibrance supports 850 adults throughout London and the South East with learning disabilities and Mental Health issues. It offers a range of community day services, low-support housing, nursing and care homes, short breaks, supported employment and self-directed services.

The organisation employs around 400 people and was named in The Sunday Times ‘100 Best Companies To Work For’ in 2012.

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