Safe in Sussex CFO runs for the West Sussex domestic violence charity knowing that every penny counts



Linda has worked for the Worthing-based charity for 11 years and was keen to support her as she knows how much she relies on donations.

She was scheduled to run the Brighton Marathon in April and now the revised version, called The Edit, has been canceled, she will instead run a virtual marathon this weekend.

Linda said: “I have worked for Safe in Sussex for 11 years, but it wasn’t until recently that I started running to improve my overall fitness.

Linda Puttock started running about five years ago to improve her overall fitness

“In the spring of 2019, I completed the Gatwick Half Marathon as a challenge for myself. At that point, I really didn’t think I could run any further or even that I wanted to! It was later that year that I thought I could really push my limits and see if I could run a marathon.

“I decided to run for Safe in Sussex to support their vital work because I saw first-hand the difference it makes for those affected by domestic violence. Safe in Sussex is a small charity that relies on donations as it receives very limited government funding. “

Since January, Linda has been training up to four times a week and has continued to brave the elements during lockdown, running in all weather conditions to prepare for the marathon, even as the date kept changing.

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Linda Puttock completed the Gatwick Half Marathon as a challenge for herself

One in four women and one in six men will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. Safe in Sussex provides a range of services across West Sussex to help, with the overarching goal of ending domestic violence through freedom and education.

Safe in Sussex is the trade name for Worthing Women’s Aid, a domestic violence charity established in 1977. The charity now has a confidential shelter and community shelter in Littlehampton.

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