A RUNNER is flying in from South Africa to take on the Shakespeare Marathon for a cause close to her heart.
Julie Hornby volunteers full time for Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust near Durban, which cares for those affected by Aids.
The organisation was previously supported by Stratford-based charity Gaga UK, which works to support children in Africa. Last year the charity sponsored a bed in Hillcrest’s respite unit, providing care for those in advanced stages of Aids and for cancer patients.
And despite Julie taking some time off next month and visiting the UK, she will be supporting the charity in a different form on Sunday May 13 – running the Shakespeare Marathon to raise funds for Hillcrest.
Julie, who was also previously chief executive of Hillcrest Aids Centre for 15 years, also says running has helped heal the pain of losing her husband who died last year.
She said: “I had not done a marathon for 25 years then this March I did a full marathon in memory of my husband as we used to run together. Running has helped me heal after losing him suddenly in 2017.
“I am doing the Shakespeare Marathon with my oldest friend Nicky Chrascina – we met at five-years-old while at school together in Swaziland – who is an ultra runner. It will be an awesome experience doing something I love with my oldest friend to raise much needed funds for the Hillcrest Aids Centre where I have worked since 1996.”
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