Marathon first for volunteer Frances
We know our volunteers rarely shy away from taking a challenge, but when District Scout Network Commissioner Frances agreed to run the Edinburgh Marathon to raise money for Scouting, we couldn’t help but be impressed. We asked Frances why she decided to run the Edinburgh Marathon for Scouts Scotland.
Why did you decide to take on the challenge of the Edinburgh Marathon?
I have always wanted to run a marathon after my uncle completed the London Marathon when I was little. I have struggled with some mental health issues this year and I found that exercise really helps me to feel more positive. I decided to take on the Edinburgh Marathon as I wanted a goal to work towards and focus on, and I also wanted to improve my fitness!
We’re really grateful that you’re raising money for Scouts Scotland – why is this a cause that matters to you?
Scouting has always been a part of my life and it is something that is very important to me - my Dad was a Scout when he was younger and this inspired me to join. I first got involved with a small rural group close to where I grew up and I've never looked back! I currently help out in a number of roles within my District and I love being able to give something back to the young people who are involved in the Movement - seeing them grow in confidence and develop new skills and friendships is one of the best aspects of being a leader! I am so proud to be a Scout!
How has Scouting benefitted you and in what ways can it benefit others?
Scouting is a huge part of my life - I have been a member of Scouting since I was 11! It has allowed me to travel all over the world and meet so many different people! It has helped me develop both personally, socially and professionally in many ways and I've learnt so many different skills from being a Scout! It's a great talking point in any interview or social situation!
I think Scouting is a brilliant movement to be part of - it helps people develop social and communication skills and allows young people an opportunity to try new things and meet new people, it gives them the freedom and space to be themselves.
Why should people sponsor you?
I would love people to sponsor me to help support the amazing work that Scouts Scotland does. This is a huge personal challenge for me and any support that people can give me would be greatly appreciated!
Inspired to get involved?
There are a number of ways you can support Scouting:
Text SKIL15 £5 to donate to Scouts Scotland.