Heanor runner to take on London marathon in aid of St John Ambulance

Rose Leivers
Rose Leivers

A Heanor runner will be taking this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon in her stride to support the life saving work of St John Ambulance.

Fitness instructor Rose Leivers is running on behalf of the nation’s leading first aid charity to support the work of its volunteers, and because she believes in the importance of spreading the first aid message.

It is the fourth marathon, and second London Marathon, for Rose – who runs fitness classes t Studio Zone Fitness in Heanor, and is also a member of Heanor Running Club.

‘I’ve travelled around the country and abroad taking part in many large running events including the Great North Run, the Valencia half marathon and the Paris half marathon, but nothing compares to the London Marathon – it is such a great atmosphere and fantastic xperience.

I regularly see St John Ambulance volunteers at races and running events, and friends have needed first aid treatment when they have suffered injuries before. St John Ambulance is a great charity – my great granddad and many of my relatives were volunteers with the organisation. I think first aid is a vital skill for everyone to have and I am pleased to be able to support the charity by running the London Marathon for them this year,’ she said.

The 22-year-old who lives in Langley Mill has been fundraising to reach her £1,625 target and hosted an 80’s aerobics event recently at Studio Zone Fitness in Heanor where she works, which raised over £400 thanks to the generosity of her supporters. Her class customers, running club friends and work colleagues - many of who are St John Ambulance trained workplace first aiders - are also supporting her through sponsorship.

To support Rose’s fundraising, go to http://www.justgiving.com/Rose-Leivers1.

Rose will be among nearly 200 runners fundraising for SJA in this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon on 13 April. The race route will be lined with SJA first aiders, ready to treat runners and spectators for a wide range of injuries and medical conditions. More than 1,000 SJA volunteers from all over the country will be on duty with approximately one volunteer for every 35 metres of the 26.2-mile course They will include first aiders, doctors, nurses and paramedics who will man 45 ambulances and 52 first aid posts.