A MALVERN grandmother is putting the finishing touches to her training before she competes in her very first marathon this weekend – and she couldn't have chosen a bigger stage to break her duck, as it's the London Marathon.

Debbie Guiver has been training hard for the event and will be raising money for Footsteps, a charity which supports bereaved children and young people (aged five to 21) and their families in south Worcestershire.

Debbie said: "As a grandmother I feel grateful that Footsteps, a local charity close to my heart chose me to take on the challenge of the London Marathon!

"Footsteps provides professional one-to-one support in schools, colleges and other safe educational environments, delivering support packages to meet the individual needs of each bereaved child/young person referred to them.

"Footsteps provides the time and space needed for grieving children to be heard and understood. Crafting, music and sport feature in the sessions to help engagement and each bereaved child to develop their own unique coping to manage their grief.

"Events bringing whole families together are also offered, completely free of charge. It's Footsteps' 10th birthday in February 2022 and thanks to the support we have had from Charitable Trusts, the National Lottery, local businesses and our community, Footsteps has supported over 1,200 bereaved children/young people."

Debbie has had loads of support as she builds up to her big day. Her running kit has been purchased and sponsored by Medical Accident Group, part of Harrison Clark Rickerbys.

Peter Savage (head of department) and Barbara Wright (secretary) and a Trustee to Footsteps have organised a workplace event within the group to raise some additional funds.

Debbie has a very specific target in mind for her fundraising total for the race on Sunday, October 3 – £2620.00, or £100 for every one of the 26.2 miles.

Anyone who wants to contribute towards Debbie's fundraising can go to https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/debbieguiver/6