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Jacqui goes the extra mile for charity

Jacqui Lewis gets ready for the New York Marathon

Jacqui Lewis gets ready for the New York Marathon

LOCAL singer/songwriter Jacqui Lewis is putting her best foot forward for charity by taking on the challenge of a lifetime - running in the New York City Marathon.

Jacqui will be jetting off to the Big Apple and pulling on her running shoes on Sunday November 4 to run the 26 mile course, all to raise money for Action Cancer.

"When I turned thirty last year I made a list of all the things I wanted to do before I was 40 and one of those things was to run a marathon," explained Jacqui.

"I saw a small article in the Ulster Star appealing for people to run the marathon in aid of Action Cancer and I was the last person to sign up to it."

Jacqui has been busy training for the event, and took part in the Lisburn Half Marathon in June, dressed appropriately as the Statue of Liberty.

As well as getting in shape, Jacqui needs to raise almost 3000 for the charity. With a third of the money already secured, Jacqui is hoping a concert at the Island Arts Centre next Thursday night (August 30) will net her a large portion of her funds.

The concert, aptly named 'Rhythm and blues for Running Shoes', will feature the Lee Hedley Blues Band and promises to be a good night of musical entertainment, all for a good cause.

Jacqui has had great support from her family and friends, particularly her husband Brian and her colleagues in the Podiatry Department of Belfast City Hospital.

"My friends and colleagues are raising money for me and without the support of my husband I wouldn't have even got this far," added Jacqui.

If you would like to support Jacqui, tickets for 'Rhythm and Blues for Running Shoes' are on sale now from the Island Arts Centre Box Office on 028 9250 9254.

Alternatively, if you would like to sponsor Jacqui, she can be contacted on 07773191142.

julieann.spence@jpress.co.uk

Ulster Star
24/08/2007