A secretary at Palmers has completed the London Marathon, raising more than £1,800 for a local hospice charity.
Kim Portas, who works in the criminal and employment department, undertook the gruelling 26.2-mile challenge on Sunday (22 April) in aid of St Luke’s Hospice in Basildon.
Despite “hitting the wall” with knee pains at the 17-mile mark, a determined Kim pressed on, completing the race in a respectable time of five hours and 40 minutes and raising an impressive £1,810 in the process.
Commenting on her achievement, she said: “The marathon was tough and one of the hardest things I have ever done. I crossed over the finishing line with a massive smile on my face – and that smile got even bigger once the medal was placed around my neck.
“I would like to thank everyone who sponsored me and supported me over the past six months of training. I know that the money raised will make a real difference to the lives of so many people.”
Palmers partner Jeremy Sirrell, who heads Kim’s department, said: “On behalf of everyone at Palmers, I would like to congratulate Kim on a fantastic achievement.
“I know she has worked extremely hard to prepare for the marathon and the amount of money raised for this worthy cause shows that it was more than worth the effort.”