Working as a speech therapist, Sophie has first-hand knowledge of the impact speech-loss and communication disability can have on a person’s life. She’s also seen the huge difference that access and support using a communication device can make.
Sophie wants as many people as possible to have the opportunity to have a voice, whatever their situation and that’s why she’s tackling the London Marathon to raise funds and awareness for us here at the Ace Centre.
We’re incredibly thankful and delighted that she’s made time in her busy training schedule to run (see what we did there!!) through her reasons for taking on the challenge and share how her marathon preparations are going.
Tell us a little about yourself…
Hi! I’m Sophie, a 28-year-old Speech and Language Therapist. I enjoy netball and running and I’ve recently started ballroom and Latin dancing! As you can see, I am always on the go so the marathon feels like the perfect challenge for me.
Why have you decided to take on the London Marathon?
The main reason I’m taking on the marathon is to raise as much money as possible for the Ace Centre and support the fantastic work that the team do. As a Speech and Language Therapist, I see the first-hand the positive impact that the correct device can have on a person’s life to help them to communicate. Whether that be a younger child or an older person, the results are outstanding and I’m proud to be a part of it.
I’m also competitive! I ran the 2018 Manchester Marathon so I am determined to push myself harder to try and beat my time.
In two words, how are you feeling about it?
Apprehensive and excited! 26.2miles is quite a way and I’d really like to get a sub five hours’ time to complete the race. I’m excited to have my family and friends coming to the capital to support me.
You mentioned that you’ve recently ran the Manchester Marathon, have you taken part in other races?
I do enjoy running and keeping fit, so alongside the Manchester Marathon I’ve taken part in 10k races and also the half-marathon in London to prepare! I head down to my local park for the park run every Saturday – a great way to kick start the weekend and increase my training.
Why did you decide to race for Ace? (We are so delighted!)
As a Speech and Language Therapist, I work closely with clients who benefit directly from Ace. I see the huge functional difference that communication device can have on their lives and I would love to be a part of helping more people to have access to such an excellent service. More fundraising in this area will also help to raise greater awareness of people who use AAC.
Training for a marathon is a big task (26.2 miles!) what preparation are you planning in the run up to April?
Quality kit is important so I’ll be investing in some new running socks and training. I’ll also be heading out with friends each weekend to build on my fitness and stamina as part of my training programme. Finally, carb loading!
How can people sponsor you?
I’m aiming for a target of £1,500 as this could help to make a difference to the Ace users, but it would be incredible to smash that target! Donations can be easily made through my fundraising page here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SophieCarter12