HMS Raleigh’s physiotherapist, Cherry Powell, is on a mission to raise £2,000 to secure her place in this year’s London marathon.
The 55-year-old runner is one of seven chosen to run for Walking With The Wounded.
She said:“Working at Raleigh with the military, I see the difficulties some people can face returning to civvy street and the charity helps people on their way. I’m also a veteran myself; I was in the Royal Air Force, so veterans’ charities are close to my heart. I was absolutely delighted when I got the email to say I’d been given a place in the marathon. I’ve tried to enter through the ballot before so to get a place and be a member of such a small group, I feel quite privileged.”
Cherry, who is a member of the Plymouth Musketeers running club, is no stranger to long distance running.She has completed eight marathons, the last one being the Giants Head, a challenging, hilly, off road run, held in Dorset last year. This will be Cherry’s first attempt at the London Marathon.
Cherry has a number of fund-raising ideas to make sure she meets the target set by the charity. She has a coffee morning planned within Raleigh next month and she is also selling football scratch cards.
As well as work and her fundraising Cherry is focused on her training. She said: “My training is going really well. I had a blip over Christmas when I had the lurgy, but I’m back to running four times a week, doing some tempo runs and then a long run. I haven’t picked up any injuries so far and I’m on track.”
Looking for a new career after the RAF, Cherry studied for a sports science degree and then decided to specialise as a physiotherapist. She has worked as a civilian at HMS Raleigh since 2008.
Cherry said: “I realised also immediately that being a physio was the job for me and I haven’t looked back. I love working at Raleigh. Having the young recruits and the older Ship’s Company at Raleigh, means I get patients from all backgrounds and I also get a variety of injuries, which makes the job more interesting.”