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Edwalton: 88-year-old woman completes marathon in aid of The Friary

An 88-year-old Nottingham woman has raised £300 for charity by completing a marathon in one month.


Former teacher and administrative worker Sheila Baker has raised the cash for The Friary Project, a local charity which helps people experiencing homelessness.


Sheila raised the money by trekking around the scenic grounds at Edwalton Manor Care Home in Landmere Lane, where she lives.

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Every day, she was cheered on by staff, friends, residents and family.


Sheila, who has previously supported the charity, said: “The Friary is such an important charity enabling many homeless people to get back on their feet.


“I am lucky enough to be fit and healthy, and I have a lovely home here at Edwalton Manor. I am pleased I have been able to support the charity and keep fit at the same time.”


Originally from Bolton, where she raised her family, Sheila has lived in the local area for only a year.


In order to complete the marathon, Sheila had to walk three times around the grounds every day.  


Sheila, who is super fit, added: “I am a very big believer in the adage, ‘if you don’t use it, you lose it.’”


Jen Blake from the charity said: “We are delighted to see such wonderful support from Sheila, and we are very grateful to her and everyone at the home for supporting her marathon efforts.


“Our services are a vital asset to the community, and unfortunately, our work is growing, so all the funds Sheila raises will be very well used.”


Edwalton Wellbeing Coach Alice Kirkby said: “Sheila is remarkable – she has a huge sense of the importance of community and the idea that we should all do our bit to help others.


“She has such an inspiring message and proves that whoever you are, you can make a difference.


“We all cheered Sheila on and are thrilled that she has raised this money.”


The Friary Project offers practical help, advice, and emotional support to those who are most vulnerable. 


Every year, the charity caters for 15,000 visits from local people suffering the impacts of homelessness, substance misuse, financial destitution and social isolation.

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