On Sunday 17th April, I will join thousands of runners at the start line of the Brighton Marathon! The 26.2 mile course will involve a ‘stroll’ around Brighton, taking in the iconic pier and seafront along the way – a crazy challenge but one way or another I will get to the finish line!

Every person participating is united in raising funds for their own special and worthy causes. This year, I hope you will be able to support me in my red faced, sweaty and heart racing efforts to raise much needed money and national awareness for the outstanding work that Grassroot Soccer does in Southern Africa.

Grassroot Soccer (GRS) is a leading global sport for development organisation that uses the power of football as a tool to educate, inspire and mobilise young people to live healthier lives. GRS delivers its own life skills and HIV prevention programmes in Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa, and works with like-minded partners to adapt and replicate the GRS model in other parts of the world. Since 2002, GRS has helped more than 30 partners to successfully adopt the GRS model. To date, Grassroot Soccer has reached more than 1.2 million young people in 50 countries.

During the summer of 2014, I was given an incredible opportunity to visit Africa and witness first hand the impact that Grassroot Soccer is having on combating AIDS throughout Southern Africa. This was a truly inspiring journey across South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia and has had a huge impact on my life.

Any amount you can give to support GRS and their cause would be greatly appreciated, large or small. A donation of £15 funds one adolescent in Africa to participate in a full adolescent health course that includes information on HIV & AIDS, sexual health, gender-based violence, and malaria. Sports play a huge part in my life, and always have. I can’t think of a better way to use my passion for health, fitness and education to engage with children who will experience the life long benefits of this fantastic project.

I would love it if you could support the cause by donating through our Giving Page.

For more information on Grassroot Soccer please visit www.grassrootsoccer.org