Safe in Sussex finance manager runs for West Sussex domestic abuse charity, knowing every penny counts

Safe in Sussex finance manager Linda Puttock will be running the virtual Brighton Marathon in aid of the West Sussex domestic abuse charity.

Linda has been working for the Worthing-based charity for 11 years and was keen to support it as she knows how much it relies on donations.

She was due to run the Brighton Marathon on April and now the revised version, called The Edit, has been cancelled, she will run a virtual marathon this weekend instead.

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Linda said: “I have been working for Safe in Sussex for 11 years but only fairly recently took up running as a way to improve my overall fitness.

Linda Puttock starting running about five years ago to improve her overall fitness

“In the spring of 2019, I completed the Gatwick Half Marathon as a challenge to myself. At that point, I really didn’t think I could run any further or even wanted to! It was later on that year that I thought I could really push my boundaries and see if I could run a marathon.

“I decided to run for Safe in Sussex to support their vital work because I’ve seen first hand what a difference it makes to those affected by domestic abuse. Safe in Sussex is a small charity which relies on donations as it gets very limited government funding.”

Since January, Linda has been training up to four times a week and has continued to brave the elements through lockdown, running in all weathers to prepare for the marathon, even when the date kept changing.

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Linda Puttock completed the Gatwick Half Marathon as a challenge to herself

One in four women and one in six men will suffer domestic abuse in their lifetime. Safe in Sussex provides a range of services across West Sussex to help, with the overarching aim of ending domestic abuse through freedom and education.

Safe in Sussex is the trading name of Worthing Women’s Aid, a domestic abuse charity established in 1977. The charity now has confidential refuge provision and a community refuge in Littlehampton.

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