Wendy Louca, aged 57-year-old hairdresser from Purley, is taking on the London Marathon in support of PACT.
Wendy said she wanted to support PACT as adoption had been part of her family for two generations.
She said: “I have chosen this charity as adoption has been part of our lives for many years and a subject that is close to my heart. Back in 1994 our Mum and stepdad fostered our brother Aaron aged 18 months who had been in the care system since birth and then adopted him into the family aged six. This took away the uncertainty of foster care and gave him a forever home.”
“Then in 2011, my sister began fostering a premature baby who we grew to love. It seemed only natural that she later adopted her into her family along with her five birth children, and I am so proud to be her auntie and Godmother.
“Friends and strangers often comment on what a wonderful thing it is that my sister adopted a child, and say that the child is so lucky, but we are the lucky ones and feel blessed to have her. Our whole family has been enriched through adoption.
“I can only hope that in raising money for this worthy charity, many more children will similarly find their forever families, and that likewise, many more families get to experience the blessing of adoption.”
Wendy 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 £2,000 fundraising target and is collecting donations to her page at https://tcslondonmarathon.enthuse.com/pf/wendy-louca
She said: “The training is hard and I’m looking forward to the day so it’ll be over! I’ve worked very hard and I’m hoping I’ll get a lot of support.”