A manager of a Falmouth fish and chip shop will be running their first ever marathon when they take part in the London Marathon this Sunday (3 October) to raise vital funds for national charity Independent Age.

Becky Hume, 25, who works at Frasers Fish and Chips in Falmouth, is taking on the 26.2 mile challenge after participating in her first ever running event at the Plymouth half marathon in September.

Becky said: "Older people deserve care and support, and I learnt about amazing work of Independent Age through a friend.

"My nan lives by herself and is very independent, but I know she often goes days without speaking to anyone.

"Loneliness is a very important subject which I feel doesn't get spoken about enough but can severely affect a person of older age.

"I want to help Independent Age as they do so much to tackle loneliness among older people."

Becky donates to Independent Age monthly and is hoping to raise £2,000 for the charity.

"The fish and chip shop customers have been very supportive of my journey, and regularly add to the fundraising jar on the counter.

"Training for the marathon has been a tough, but also an incredibly rewarding experience.

Falmouth Packet: Becky Hume will be running the London Marathon this Sunday (Oct 3)Becky Hume will be running the London Marathon this Sunday (Oct 3)

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"I loved every second of my first running event last month when I took part in the Plymouth Half Marathon.

"I can’t wait for the event, I am ready for both the physical and mental challenge."

As well as offering regular friendly contact through volunteers, Independent Age provides a strong campaigning voice, and free and impartial advice on the issues that matter to people over 65 and their families: care and support, money and benefits, health and mobility.

Deborah Alsina MBE, Chief Executive of Independent Age, said: "Thank you to Becky for choosing to support Independent Age with your first marathon.

"We admire your determination and passion to take on a new challenge that will help us to support more people to reconnect to their interests and communities and lead a happy, purposeful later life.

"At Independent Age, our mission is to ensure that as we grow older, we all have the opportunity to live well with dignity, choice and purpose.

"We couldn’t do this without volunteers and fundraisers like Becky.

"We wish her the best of luck on Sunday!"

To support Becky fundraising, see her Justgiving page here: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/helpbeckyrunthemarathon

To find out more about the different ways to volunteer with Independent Age, see Volunteer with us | Independent Age