When Account Handler Emma Fickling discovered that she had secured a place in the 2018 London Marathon, she was keen to spread the good news with the rest of the team and start raising funds. In the first of a series of blogs, she shares her reasons for running, her chosen charity and how you can help a good cause
To give you a bit of background about me and what I do, I started my journey with Alan Boswell Group in April 2017, when I was offered a job as an Account Handler at Harbour House in Norwich.
This was a great opportunity for me because I had been working away in a big corporate and was looking forward to returning to Norfolk. I have worked in the insurance industry since I was 18, but now that I’ve joined ABG, a family-run company, I feel like I have come home.
As a commercial account handler, I am the point of contact for many clients, working closely with the account executives. In this modern world, communication can easily be misunderstood, especially by email, so face-to-face or telephone contact is what makes us approachable. From personal experience, I know it can be difficult to know who to use and who to speak to when I have had to arrange my own insurance. We aim to make this as simple as possible.
Having completed the London Marathon in 2006, I vowed that one day I would run it again.
Thankfully, I have been given the opportunity to take part in this year’s event by ABG’s Charity of the Year Big C, which is amazing. My fundraising target is £1,500.
The reason I chose this charity is because, like many people, I have lost friends to this cruel disease.
Sadly, one of my very close friends lost her battle to cancer last year, so I wanted to raise awareness and funds for Big C – turning this negative into a positive. I run for Wymondham Athletics Club, so the London Marathon seemed like a natural choice.
The Big C is a local charity that has been around since 1980, when two young men from Norfolk found themselves, having to travel to London or Cambridge for treatment for cancer. They often felt that this journey was harder than the treatment itself. They vowed that the people of Norfolk & Waveney would have access to the best treatment and support in their local areas. These are the reasons I am running the London Marathon. Plus, I have two legs that work and I am lucky enough to be in good health, so why not?!
I’ve agreed to share my fundraising efforts and training on the ABG blog, so stay tuned for the next instalment…
If you’d like to donate to Emma’s London Marathon fundraising activities for Big C, simply visit her fundraising page.