A Langney woman is set to run the gruelling Beachy Head Marathon at the end of the month to raise money for the JPK Project.
Sandra Fowlie will be taking up the challenge to raise money for the project which aims to provide a residential centre for people with learning difficulties.
Sandra, 50, has a 24-year-old son called Matthew who has an autistic spectrum disorder and is epileptic.
She said, “Although Matthew can do a lot of things for himself, he needs that extra support and extra help from time to time.
“Over the years I have come to realise that he won’t be able to live independently but it is extremely important that he lives as independently as possible.”
Sandra explained there was little help for Matthew and people like him from social services and said she saw the JPK Project as an excellent solution to their problem.
She said, “I had been very stuck with this because he is in this grey area. When there is a severe problem there is help available but because he hasn’t got anything that bad there isn’t a place for him.
“I had heard of JPK but as time went on I started to look in to it more and more.”
This year’s Beachy Head Marathon will take place on October 27 and it will be the second time Sandra has taken part.
She said, “Last time it was awful because I didn’t do enough training - I had to be dragged round and I don’t know how I managed it. However, this year I am feeling much better about it. I have been doing lots of training over the Downs so I am much better prepared.“
Sandra completed the Beachy Head Marathon in six hours but she is hoping to get round the course in less than five and a half hours this time round. She is no stranger to the 26-mile run. She has completed the London Marathon on a number of occasions and in 2010 she ran for the JPK Project and raised an impressive £1,500.
This year she is hoping to raise even more. To sponsor Sandra visit www.justgiving.co.uk/sandrabeachyhead.
Jill Parker, the founder of the JPK Project, is hoping to cheer Sandra on as she runs across the Downs at the end of the month.
Mrs Parker and other supporters recently suffered a set back when planners turned down their application to turn the Edgmond Church in Old Town into the residential centre they have dreamed of for many years.
The plans included residential units, gardens and a tearoom so the residents can gain work experience and training on site.
There were many objections to the plans from local residents who were concerned about parking issues. Councillors said they shared those concerns and were worried about the busy road.
Mrs Parker, whose daughter Katie suffers from a learning disability, plans to appeal against the decision made by Eastbourne Borough Council’s planning committee and fundraisng for the project continues.