An animal loving police officer from Birmingham is currently undergoing her training for her first London Marathon, all in a bid to raise vital funds for stray animals in Turkey.
A family holiday to a Turkish coastal town sparked an urge in 42 year old Ruth Young, who is a Police Officer with West Midlands Police, to help the animal charity that cares for the many cats and dogs living on the streets of the picturesque holiday destination of Kalkan on the country’s Turquoise Coast. Ruth, who is married and step-mum to two teenagers, decided there and then when she visited Kalkan that she wanted to do something to support the work undertaken by the local charity, KAPSA (Kalkan Association for the Protection of Street Animals.)
Ruth explained why she had chosen the animal charity as a worthy beneficiary of the funds she raises when she takes part in the London Marathon on 22nd April. She said: “I have visited Turkey with my family for many years and we were actually married there in 2015. Last year, we visited Kalkan for the first time. I was amazed to see so many street animals in this beautiful small town. During my holiday, I learned about the work done by KAPSA and as an animal lover, it was really heart-warming to see the dedication and hard work that the charity, which is run by European and Turkish residents together, put into ensuring that the street animals are kept as healthy as possible. I hope that I can turn 17 weeks of training and 26 miles of running the London Marathon into something worthwhile by raising money for this wonderful charity!”
As Ruth works full-time, she runs to work on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, in additional to further runs at weekends. She has a Springer Spaniel called Rio, who also loves running and they often run together at Sutton Park and around the Birmingham canal network. The family also has a Maine Coon cat called Luna.
Ruth’s target is to raise an amazing £1000.
If you would like to sponsor Ruth on her marathon run, please visit her fundraising page.