Volunteer takes on half marathon challenge for charity

By Anita Jaynes on March 03, 2016

Professional photographer Celia Mannings has raised hundreds of pounds for South West based charity People against Poverty.

Celia, who lives in Corsham, was one of almost 13,000 runners in the Bath Half Marathon last month to raise money for the charity. She raised £300 and ran the race with her sons Christopher and Matthew.

She said: “I support the work of People against Poverty which provides a hand up to families living in difficult circumstances in the UK and overseas.

“I’m 48 now and I have never been as confident in my fitness and well-being as I am now. I’m thrilled to have completed this personal challenge this year. I now plan to go on to complete a full marathon later in 2016..”

Celia, who was a GP for more than 20 years, is now a professional photographer and a consultant with Arbonne, a company selling plant-based skincare and nutrition products.

Val Huxley, CEO of People against Poverty said: “We’re so grateful to Celia for running for us in the Bath Half Marathon. Last year she also ran for us and raised £1,000. Volunteers like Celia are the backbone of our organisation and we owe her our thanks.”

The charity- which also has an aligned business community Business against Poverty – partners with projects to alleviate poverty through sustainable and ethical means. Its aim is to provide a ‘hand up’ and not a ‘hand out’. For information visit www.peopleagainstpoverty.com

Pictured above: Celia Mannings running in the Bath Half Marathon.