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However you support Oxfam, you move us closer to a world without poverty - and that's always worth celebrating. Here, we meet self-confessed exercise-phobe Laura, who is taking on the marathon for Oxfam…
…while Karen, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's in her thirties, explains why she's determined to make a lasting, unforgettable difference to people in poverty by leaving a gift to Oxfam in her Will.
"Old me would never have believed this even possible. I will be 40 when I run the 2018 London Marathon. I've never had a sport. I've never chosen physical activities that take me out of my comfort zone or make me break out in a sweat. I did not like PE at school. However, here I am.
I did my first Parkrun 5km run in Doc Martens, yoga pants and a summer top. To my surprise I completed it, didn't die and crossed the finish line over 10 minutes before my husband and son arrived to cheer me on! As I've told my Women's Institute friends, the yummy mummies at the school gates and basically anyone who'll listen, if I can do this, literally ANYONE can!
Oxfam has always been my 'go to' charity - one I have total faith in, and in their ability to help the widest range of people in the greatest need. I've volunteered in my Oxfam shop in the past. Christmas Eve was always my favourite day because everyone was in such a great mood.
Now all I need to do is keep going. I want that medal - and to dine out on the story of how I ran the marathon for the rest of my life!"
"I was diagnosed with Juvenile Parkinson's when I was 32. The impact on my life was in all ways - financially, socially. I would have been a head teacher by now.
But I am stubborn and independent. I don't like it when people call me a sufferer. It's something you have to deal with. Despite my diagnosis, I like to think that I am a very positive person; it helps to have a sense of humour. I enjoy doing as much as I can.
My husband Nick and I decided to leave money to Oxfam in our Wills, because we have always liked to help people. I like to think that is what life is about, and Oxfam helps people irrespective of race or religion. They are global and ethical. They don't just give supplies; they give people tools to help themselves. As a teacher I know how important it is to help people and give them skills."
Up for a sponsorship challenge? Thinking of including Oxfam in your will? For information and ideas on all kinds of ways to put poverty in its place, head to www.oxfam.org.uk/get-involved
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