A SOLIHULL businesswoman is putting her best foot forward for charity after being inspired by its sport and mobility work for disabled children.
Stephanie O’Reilly, MD of online agency Everywhere Travel (based at Trinity Park near Birmingham Airport) is looking to raise at least £2,000 for the ‘Get Kids Going’ charity – via sponsorship of her London Marathon efforts on April 26 – and has set up a donations page to help spread awareness.
Stephanie, 26, from Monkspath, said: “Our parent company EZE Group does a lot of work with both charities and sporting concerns, but Get Kids Going is not one you hear too much about and they do such a great job in motivating disabled children to carry on and achieve their sporting potential.
“They help with sports grants for training, physiotherapy, travel and competition fees, but also the design and development of specially built sports wheelchairs which can be extremely expensive for families. I think it’s a fantastic charity that supports children with all disabilities and from all backgrounds and I very much look forward to running for them.
“I’ve always been an active sort and did hockey, netball and athletics throughout school and university, but it’s slipped since then because of career commitments so regular training again has been tough, especially in the wet, cold and dark. However, I’m enjoying it now and up to 18-20 mile distances – and looking to finish the London Marathon in less than four hours.
“Two years ago my Dad Dominic O’Reilly, age 51 did it, also for Get Kids Going, with no training what so ever and completed it in five and a half hours and I walked away thinking I can do this – so here I am getting properly fit again and all for a brilliant and worthwhile cause.”
Visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/StephanieOReilly to make a donation and track Stephanie’s progress. For more on the charity visit http://www.getkidsgoing.com/