Mane Abanda, a nurse from Hillingdon, has raised over £2100 for the aid agency CAFOD by running the London Marathon.
Mane is no stranger to marathon’s – this was her sixth – but it was her first one in London.
When her daughter had an operation, Mane started running and found it to be the most effective form of therapy. Since then she has run marathons across the country, including Edinburgh and Brighton, but decided to run in London following an Archbishop talking about his experience of watching the marathon in the capital.
“Running for CAFOD combines two things central to my existence – my Catholic faith and running – and is also a fantastic way of giving back to others. I found this marathon remarkably tough as it was very busy, but the atmosphere was good and it was great running through London and going across London Bridge. My daughter was there to cheer me on at 14 miles and gave me the encouragement I needed to carry on.”
All of us here in Westminster would like to thank Mane for raising such a fantastic amount of money and to all those who donated. Completing your sixth marathon is a fantastic achievement and we’re very grateful you did so by fundraising for CAFOD!