Cherry Tree Nursery, the Bournemouth charity that supports adults with severe and enduring mental health problems, was lucky to win a place in the London Marathon this year through the small charity ballot.
Assistant Manager at the nursery, Tish Borrowman will be running the 26 miles on behalf of the charity, in its 26th year.
It will be Tish’s second London Marathon – she ran it for Poole Citizen’s Advice Bureau in 2014 and has also twice run the Bournemouth Marathon for Cherry Tree, but it is the London Marathon that has truly won her heart.
Tish has been running regularly for the last 13 years, having started to run through trailing bloodhounds. She says she thoroughly enjoys running and finds it “brilliant for stress-relief and socialising.” Tish trains with a small group of women aged 50 and over called Are We There Yet? and has a family of three bloodhounds which she takes trailing at least twice a year.
A firm belief that anyone can run a marathon, Tish also promotes the fact that physical exercise is good for mental health. This belief is fundamental to the work of Cherry Tree, where people have the opportunity to regain mental stability through working in the fresh air.
When Tish starts running at Greenwich on Sunday 24 April, a group back at the nursery will be cheering her on. Everyone is welcome to join in.
Cherry Tree will be open from 10 am until 3 pm. People will be completing laps of the nursery in solidarity with her efforts. 26 miles is equivalent to 179 laps of the nursery.
You can sponsor Tish through the Nursery or via Tish Borrowman’s fundraising page at Virgin Money Giving.