Marathon Woman!

Aylesbury organisation WheelPower is one of two charities to benefit from the efforts of London law firm solicitor Jessica Standley , who has raised £15,999.31 after completing 10 marathons in 10 different countries.

The funds were raised for WheelPower and the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC). To name a few, she ran the Virgin London marathon, the TCS New York Marathon, Schneider de Electric Paris Marathon and her friend Jo Vizard helped her by running Zurich Barcelona marathon with her.

Jessica, an associate in the Abuse team at Bolt Burdon Kemp, represents survivors of abuse and cares deeply about those in need. After discovering a love for running in 2012, Jessica began training to accomplish her goal of running 10 marathons in 10 countries.

She 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 a black tie charity ball, which took place in October 2018, helping her meet the 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.’

WheelPower is dedicated to providing opportunities for disabled people to find a sport they enjoy and provides opportunities to introduce people to wheelchair support over the year.

Its 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.

NAPAC offers support to those abused in childhood. It runs a phone support line, has a website full of resources for survivors and regularly campaigns and speaks out about issues relating to abuse victims.

Gabrielle Shaw, CEO of NAPAC said: ‘This is such an incredible achievement. Jess should be so proud of her training, her endurance in completing 10 marathons and her success in raising thousands for NAPAC as well.

‘We regularly hear from callers that the support NAPAC gave them has transformed their lives. Generous donations like this from Jess provide vital funds for NAPAC to meet the ever-increasing demand for our support services and continue helping adult survivors of childhood abuse across the UK.’