Emilia’s London marathon dream

By Nathan Rodrigues

A London Marathon dream requiring endless fundraising motivates one DMU student.

Emilia Mellow, 23, who is currently studying criminology, is planning to organise a few more activities and events to gain the necessary funds she needs to run the marathon.

She had already set up a stall for two days this week, which was selling cakes and jewellery, with some money going towards the Leicester Animal Aid organisation.

However, Emilia is keen to participate in the London Marathon, and is considering other activities and events, including a bucket filling collection at Tesco and a pub quiz in order to make her dreams finally come true.

She said: “I really want to run the London Marathon, but you have to reach a certain level and raise around £800 to get a place, so I will try and see if I can do it.”

Emilia has run a half marathon before, but she is trying to push herself to take part in a full marathon and is feeling optimistic about her chances, after revealing that she feels her recent work has given her the platform to reach her target.

She has been actively involved in charity and fundraising in various ways, including her leading role in the DMU Guide Dogs Society, and organising other charity events to support the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

Emilia feels that the reasons behind her recent charity work lie in her genuine interest towards smaller animal charities, so that such events and activities can raise extra awareness of the work that these organisations do.

She said: “I usually pick smaller, lower key charities because they tend to need more help and hopefully my work might be useful.”

Her work and commitment to raising money for causes has not gone unnoticed though.

She has been awarded a certificate by the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, which acknowledged Emilia’s invaluable contribution towards their organisation, and is something, which she says she is very proud of.

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