Woman to run Marathon in memory of solvent abuse friend

A woman is limbering up for her first ever London Marathon in honour of a Northamptonshire-based charity that supports people affected by solvent abuse.

Sarah Carter, 37, has decided to run the 26-mile challenge for Solve It to help raise awareness of the consequences of taking psychoactive substances.

The veterinary nurse from Bicester said:

“If Nicola had lived, she would have been the same age as me. She was beautiful, so popular, funny, warm, and caring. We had so much fun growing up and I miss her very much. From that day I said to myself that I would try to live my life to the fullest because Nicola was no longer able to.”

It was because of this promise to herself, that Sarah, who has a six-year-old son, found herself entering the London Marathon ballot “on a whim” and successfully secured a place.

She said:

“I feel incredibly lucky to be given this opportunity and so I wanted to run for a charity that meant a lot to me. After doing some research I found Solve It. No one has ever run the marathon for them before, so I am so honoured to be the first, while also helping to raise awareness about the dangers of solvent abuse.

“I’m not a natural runner, so this weekend will be a huge challenge for me, but I am absolutely 100 per cent committed to finishing.”

Sarah has already smashed her £1,000 target so has now set her sights on doubling the amount.

Catherine Maryon, chair of trustees at Solve It said:

“We’re hugely grateful to Sarah for helping to raise awareness of Solve It and the work we do in dispelling fears, creating knowledge and encouraging discussion around solvent abuse.

“The spread of solvent abuse is extremely alarming. Worryingly we have a generation of young people growing up in a culture where it’s deemed acceptable to take substances without any idea what it contains or any concept of the potential consequences.

“We are in the grip of an experimenting epidemic which is why we’re doing all we can to educate people about the dangers of abusing solvents such as aerosols, gases and glue and new psychoactive substances."

Solve It has been providing young people, parents, carers, partners and professionals with preventive education and advice about the risks and dangers of solvent abuse, and nitrous oxide (laughing gas) for 30 years.

It was originally set up by a woman who lost her son in the same way as Nicola. The charity is now run by a board of trustees and provides a specialist service dedicated to increasing awareness of solvent abuse and helping support those directly affected by the issue.

The London Marathon takes place on Sunday, April 28 and has been held every year since its inception in March 1981.

To sponsor Sarah, click here: https://blog.localgiving.org/blogs/105/306/sarah-runs-her-heart-out

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