Marathon runner sought to make up charity team

Sophie McHale with her dance school supporters

Sophie McHale with her dance school supporters

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A FAMILY charity is looking for a runner to fill its last place in the Brighton Marathon.

Dance teacher Sophie McHale is already supporting Home-Start Worthing and Adur in this year’s race.

The 21-year-old from Sompting has started her training for the marathon, which takes place in Brighton on April 12.

She is being supported by a dad from her dance school and hopes to encourage a third local runner to join them.

She will be fundraising for the charity, which offers support to families in need. Home-Start trains volunteers to visit a family at home and offer friendship, advice, practical and emotional support.

Families who are helped may be feeling isolated, have suffered bereavement or post natal depression, or need help with behaviour or learning difficulties.

Sophie said: “I have always wanted to run a marathon and when I was approached by Lisa Green, administrator for Home-Start Worthing and Adur, I thought why not – it will be a good personal challenge.

“All my dancers from Miss Sophie’s School of Dance are behind me and will, no doubt, be cheering me on and raising my spirits on the day.”

Paul Elvidge, one of the dads from the dance school, has volunteered to run with Sophie and raise money for Home-Start as well.

If you are interested in running the marathon, or volunteering for Home-Start Worthing and Adur, call Lisa Green on 01903 236916 for more information.

Visit the website www.wahomestart.org.uk for more information.