International Athlete’s Support for Olivia Inspires

This news item was published on: Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Valeria Sesto

International ultramarathon runner Valeria Sesto is running the New Forest Marathon on Saturday 19 September and raising funds for youth charity, Olivia Inspires.

New Forest-based athlete Valeria has known Nigel and Paula Burt who founded Olivia Inspires in memory of their daughter Olivia, for many years. She also knew Olivia.

Valeria said: “I like to share the things I love with others and if whilst doing so, it can contribute towards helping people, even better!

So when Nigel and Paula approached me, I decided that I would offer to fundraise for Olivia Inspires with all and whatever-it-might-be that I was doing for the rest of the year.”

Nigel said: “We are so grateful to Valeria for offering to dedicate herself to fundraise for Olivia Inspires because, like so many charities our fundraising has been devastated by the Coronavirus Lockdown.

If there is anyone else who would like to pick up the fundraising baton from Valeria that would be amazing.

As a small local charity we rely upon our wonderful New Forest community to support us.”

Last Sunday (30 August) Valeria warmed-up for the New Forest Marathon running a solo 6-hour Virtual Challenge, an International event for which you had to be selected.

There were over 400 athletes competing from countries all around the world and Valeria covered a remarkable distance of just over 44 miles.

Valeria concluded: “Please support me and support Olivia Inspires!”

You can support Valeria’s fundraising by donating through her online giving page:

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ValeriaSesto