School helper Kathy sets a marathon task
A TEACHING assistant from Millford Special School is to run a half marathon every month for the next year to raise funds for new equipment.
Kathy Gore, who is a member of the Key Stage Two staff at the Ernesettle school, came up with the idea with a fellow member of the Plymouth Musketeers Running Club.
The 52-year-old only began running four years ago but the remarkable courage of a cancer patient inspired her to don her running shoes.
"I used to work at Derriford Hospital and I met a lady on the cancer ward who was in her 70s," Kathy said.
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"She was still running marathons at her age and she inspired me.
"She was doing marathons all year and since then I've now done a few half marathons.
"The idea came after I started talking to a lady at my running club and she is planning to do something similar at her school."
The plan is for Kathy to run a half marathon each month beginning in January when she will run in Dawlish.
In February she will run the Exeter half marathon, in March the Bath race, April back home in Plymouth, May across the border in St Austell and June she will run the Torbay half.
She hasn't yet decided which races to enter for July through to December but aims to enter them in the coming months.
Kathy, who has been working at Millford Special School for the past 10 years, added: "I'm hoping each month some local businesses will come forward to sponsor me.
"I could do with losing a few extra pounds so I'm hoping all this running will get me a bit fitter by the end of the year."
She is raising money to purchase interactive communication equipment for the pupils including iPads, games for a Nintendo Wii and wet play items for when the children can't go outside.
All of the 95 children at the school have severe and profound and multiple learning difficulties.