MARATHON runner Wendy Robertshaw has boosted funds for Lyme Regis-based reforestation charity, The World Forest Organisation.
The charity raises funds to plant new forests in Kenya, build schools in the impoverished communities that surround them and empower the children and villagers to take care of the trees.
The idea started from a writing competition organised in 2014 by Lyme residents Tracey and Simon West, who run ethical publishing company, Magic Oxygen Publishing. For every entry, they planted a tree in Bore, Kenya, and the competition has grown in popularity every year since, leading to the creation of The World Forest Organisation.
Wendy, who lives near Bridport, ran the ASICS Marathon in Windermere in May. It is one of a tiny handful of marathons run entirely within a UNESCO World Heritage Site and this particular event is frequently described as “the friendliest and most beautiful UK marathon”.
The course is set within the grounds of Brathay Hall and has absolutely stunning views over England’s largest lake. However, Wendy was far more focused on clocking up a phenomenal run time, completing the 26 miles in 4:13:37.
Wendy has had the sporty bug since she was at school and, in 2011, raised money for charity taking part in what should have been a 15 mile sponsored walk from Shaftesbury to Salisbury. Ramping things up, however, Wendy decided to run it instead of walk, raising £205 – the highest amount raised by any Colfox student.
In 2012, whilst still at school, Wendy went on to raise more than £1,000 for charity and received The Princess Diana Award and the Award for Contributions to the School and Community.
Tracey West from The World Forest Organisation commented: “It seems her kindhearted, philanthropic streak has only grown wider and we’d like to add how incredibly grateful we are for being chosen to receive the funds Wendy has raised.
“If you’d like to do something equally spectacular to help us get urgently needed trees in the ground in Kenya, drop us a line and let’s find out what we can do to support you.”
For more details about The World Forest Organisation, visit www.wordforest.org