A Wotton-Under-Edge resident has individually raised over £1,200 to support the development of the Wotton Community PARC site at New Road.
Rose Stephenson ran the 2017 London Marathon to raise funds for the Wotton Community Sports Foundation (WCSF) which has so far developed two all weather pitches, a skate park and a grass rugby pitch at the site. Rose’s marathon effort will contribute to the Foundation’s plans for the coming year which include the creation of a BMX track and ensuring that all of the current facilities are kept up-to-date and well maintained.
Beyond raising funds for the Foundation Rose has also been instrumental in getting hundreds of local residents out and running every Saturday morning at the Wotton parkrun. She was one of the founding members of the event which is held at 9am every Saturday morning at the New Road site and offers local runners the opportunity to complete a timed 5k course. It is one of 450 parkrun locations across the UK.
When asked why she was so keen to support the WCSF Rose responded: “I began running a year ago and it has helped me and so many others to feel good, encourage a positive self-image and believe that we can achieve our goals. The Sports Foundation is helping to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to exercise and improve their physical and mental health too. I believe that having access to facilities such as those at New Road is so important to give people the opportunity to make positive choices about their lifestyle and enjoy sport with their friends and families.”
Barnaby Beere, Chairman of WCSF, also commented: “The development of the site at New Road is reliant on the support of the local community, grants and inspiring individuals such as Rose. The sponsorship that she has helped to raise will help to ensure that we can provide sports and recreation facilities for both young and old residents of Wotton for many years to come. Thank you Rose for your dedication, support and for all of those marathon miles.”