Debbie Herridge

Debbie from Harrogate is taking part in the iconic TCS London Marathon next month in support of women, children and families.

Debbie, aged 51, works as payments manager for Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust. She said running the London Marathon was a long held ambition.

“I had entered the London Marathon ballot many times unsuccessfully but when my partner secured his place on his first attempt in the ballot, I decided I had to join him by getting myself a charity place.

“During the covid pandemic all charities funding has been severely affected and the smaller ones more so. I came across PACT and when I read about the wonderful work they do and the support they provide to families and children, knew this was the one for me.”

Debbie is one of nine members of Team PACT who will be running the 26.2 miles around the streets of London on 2nd October.

She has a £1,600 fundraising target and is collecting donations to her page at

She said: “Running the London Marathon has been on my bucket list for ages and I’m so excited to finally be able to take part.

“I am not putting any time restrictions on myself as I just want to be able to enjoy it and soak up all the atmosphere. I’m sure I will be taking lots of photos on the way round. I can’t wait for the moment when I will see Buckingham Palace and know the end is nearly there!

“I’d really encourage people to sponsor me as this charity does such important work and really needs our help in raising funds. Think about donating that extra pint or glass of wine you would have at the end of the night – every little helps and the pennies create pounds! 26.2 miles is a very long way and I need all the support I can get!”