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Kind-hearted Eastleigh mum takes on a charity challenge

Claire McClennan

A kind-hearted Eastleigh mum took part in the London Royal Parks Half Marathon  to raise money for the local branch of St John Ambulance.

Claire McLennan, 29, a volunteer with St John Ambulance for the past 18 years, was distraught when thieves stole over £7,000 worth of equipment from St John Ambulance station, in Desborough Road, Eastleigh back in May. She is determined to raise as much money as possible to replace the life-saving defibrillator, scoop stretcher, incident bags and their contents.

Mum to Nicola,9 Curtis,7 and 20 month old Edward, Claire said “This will be my first ever competitive run and I am really looking forward to it. I have been training hard and I am confident I will finish. It’s for a great cause, I have learnt so much with St John Ambulance and I just want to give something back.”

She added: “I want to raise at least £1000. I have been with St John Ambulance for 18 years, my Dad was always involved when I was a child and I now volunteer as a cadet leader in Eastleigh and Chandlers Ford. St John Ambulance has provided me with so much. I have received exceptional training and experience and its now time to repay that.”

Michelle Dobson, County Fundraiser for St John Ambulance Hampshire said: “We’re incredibly grateful to Claire for all her help and hard work. Having been a very committed volunteer for a long time she understands that St John Ambulance teaches first aid in local communities, so that anyone can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.”

The half marathon took place on 9 October 2011, starting in Hyde Park. For more information on Claire’s challenge and to donate please log on to