Two best friends with the same surname, both from Droitwich, have set themselves the extreme challenge of completing the London Marathon this year, in aid of two West Midlands sexual violence charities.
Kerrie Best, associate lecturer from the Institute of Health and Society and Becca Best, guest lecturer, have been friends since their sons met at nursery, and the pair started running together two years ago.
They completed the Worcester Half Marathon in 2017 and started training for the London Marathon in November in order to raise money for the Children and Young People’s Services at West Mercia Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre (WMRSASC) and Coventry Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre (CRASAC).
Kerrie works as a Counsellor at WMRSASC in addition to her lecturing work. She cites her reason for the challenge as being due to “seeing young children come across our doors at WMRSASC. They shouldn’t have to come, however, as long as they do need support it should be available, no waiting list, for as long as it takes.”
Both women have described the challenge as the hardest they have ever signed up to but are determined to see it through and raise as much money as they can. They currently train three times a week with a mixture of aqua aerobics, gym and running, with an additional long run every weekend, where to date they have surpassed 16.5 miles.
As part of the fundraising, there will be an online auction of a beautiful necklace donated by Anja Potze which will begin on 25th February and end on 4th March, further details can be found on the WMRSASC Facebook page: www.facebook.com/wmrsasc
To donate, visit: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/Besties4