Telford worker's liftoff in marathon fundraising
21st January 2011
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A worker from Telford firm Virgin Balloon Flights is set to put her body on the line by running the London marathon, to raise money for a Shropshire children's hospice.

Sue Bowerman, a customer service worker at the firm, has been chosen as one of 100 Virgin Unite runners for the race on April 17, which is also set to include a selection of stars from sport, screen and stage.
It'll be the first serious running the 30-year-old from Bridgnorth has done for more than 10 years.

Sue is running as part of Virgin Balloon Flight’s campaign to raise £10,000 for Hope House Children’s Hospice in Oswestry.

The hospice provides practical and emotional support to children with terminal illnesses and their families across Shropshire.

She's set herself a range of challenges to help the firm reach the target including a half marathon and a parachute jump - she's looking for other firms and individual supporters to sponsor her.

“I am so nervous but very excited at the same time," Sue said.

"I haven’t done any running for over 10 years, so I seriously have my work cut out. I’m sure I’ll be fighting fit once poised at the start line."

She's also organising a raffle to raise money of some serious prizes supplied by the Virgin Group including champagne balloon flights.

For more details and to sponsor Sue see our events page at

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