jpgA care home worker will run her first London marathon this year to raise funds for a disabled children and adults’ charity.  Lucy Clark-Pickering is the Activities Co-ordinator at Breage House, a specialist care home operated by Swallowcourt, and will be running the marathon on 21 April 2013 in aid of Phab.

Lucy is now one step closer to reaching her target of £1,650 after a donation of £600 from Swallowcourt and has been given Mondays off work to focus on her training.

Phab is a national charity which brings people with and without physical disabilities together on equal terms and encourages integration within communities. With over 200 clubs across the country, including Truro, Camborne, St Austell and Falmouth, the charity also offers support to families and carers.

Lucy said: “With the extra £600 I am nearly at my £1,650 target, it’s really been a big help. The hardest bit is asking people for money, times are quite difficult at the moment, but I’ve had some really kind donations from residents’ parents, carers, managers and friends.

“Phab Kids is such a lovely charity. These people are fantastic, they give up their free time and it’s about raising awareness for them. It’s great to be able to do something for someone else, it’s such a positive thing for everybody and it’s nice to get everyone involved.”

Breage House is one of seven care homes across west Cornwall operated by Swallowcourt. Swallowcourt offers residential homes for the elderly as well as those with physical and mental disabilities.

Chairman of Swallowcourt, Stephen Keeley, said: “Lucy has taken on a huge challenge and we are delighted to be able to contribute to her sponsorship. Our staff are committed to making a difference to our residents’ lives every day, so for Lucy to be doing this on top of her job is very impressive.”

For more information about Swallowcourt, visit www.swallowcourt.com or to sponsor Lucy go to www.virginmoneygiving.com/lucyclarkepickering.