Fundraiser's Virtual London Marathon for Prior's Court
A woman is planning to take part in the Virtual London Marathon to raise money for Hermitage autism charity Prior's Court, inspired by personal experiences with people with severe disabilities.
Jools Montague, from Buckinghamshire, grew up with a sister with learning difficulties and she has attributed her interest in Prior's Court partly to this.
Her friends Matt and Suzanne Robinson also have a son, Zac, who is resident at the Hermitage facility, which offers education and training opportunities to young people.
Having witnessed first-hand the difference Prior's Court has made to Zac's life, Mrs Montague decided to support them, launching a JustGiving page with an initial fundraising target of £1,000.
While she has some background in running, having completed the Edinburgh Marathon in 2019, Mrs Montague never expected to participate in a similar charity feat again.
Despite this, she has now signed up for the London Virtual Marathon on October 3.
Mrs Montague said: "After hearing about how much of a positive difference Prior’s Court has made to Zac’s life, it was a simple decision to choose who to fundraise for.
"What will drive me on the day is the thought of helping Prior’s Court’s work, and knowing how much this means to Matt and Zan.
"I am hoping that Matt will actually run the final few miles with me which will be awesome. Matt, Zan and their girls Georgia and Rosie will be cheering me on, as will my own children and partner."
Mrs Montague has produced a podcast with Mr Robinson, discussing his and his family's experience with Zac's autism.
Prior's Court's head of fundraising Karen White said: "We are immensely grateful to everyone who fundraises for us and so our thanks go to Jools for her generosity in choosing us.
"As a charity, funds raised for us help us to fund transformational projects, pay for specialist equipment and activities and help ensure we can make a real difference to the lives of our young people and their families.
"We wish Jools the best of luck for October 3 – the whole Prior’s Court family will be cheering her on."
To donate towards Mrs Montague's fundraiser, visit her JustGiving page.