Helping to make a real change…

BookingsPlus, Accounts Assistant, Tracy Street talks about what motivated her to run the Geneva Marathon.

On Sunday 12th May I ran in the Geneva Marathon – my first ever marathon – to raise money for The Cystic Fibrosis Trust.  I was delighted to achieve a time of 4hrs 53.  My husband, Ian also ran in the event and he managed a time of 3hrs 30 and got a PB!

I chose the charity for very personal reasons.  In 1998 my sister, Emma passed away with cystic fibrosis at the at the age of 22.  Cystic fibrosis is a genetic condition that affects more than 10,400 people in the UK.  It is a condition that you are born with, which affects the lungs and causes breathing difficulties.

Over the years I have raised money for the cause in all sorts of ways – from abseiling to skydiving, but the marathon has been the biggest challenge to date!

I only started running 18 months ago, and the longer distances were definitely the toughest part of the training.  I got involved in volunteering at local parkruns, which I found very inspirational, and where I met some fantastic people.

The day itself was an amazing experience and the route was beautiful – taking in the countryside with spectacular views of the Alps before dropping down alongside Lake Geneva for the city finish! I am so thrilled I’ve raised over £1,000 for my charity and incredibly proud of what I have accomplished.

I have worked at Kajima Community for five and a half years, in different departments including letting co-ordination, Helpdesk, Customer Account Management and I am now Accounts Assistant.  I love the community ethos of the company, and find the work that we do – helping schools to raise much needed revenue – very rewarding.

If you would like to donate to my charity, please visit my Just Giving page at: