Virgin London Marathon 2013: MP’s wife running for drugs and alcohol charity

PUBLISHED: 06:54 21 April 2013

Belinda Shapps, her husband Grant, and founder Joe Heeney with Resolve service users

Belinda Shapps, her husband Grant, and founder Joe Heeney with Resolve service users


THE Virgin London Marathon 2013 starts in a couple of hours with more than 35,000 people taking part in the annual run through the streets of the capital. Here the Welwyn Hatfield Times profiles a politician’s wife taking part.

THE wife of Welwyn Hatfield’s MP is gearing up for a marathon challenge on behalf of a drugs and alcohol charity.

MP Grant Shapps’ better half, Belinda, will take on the 26.2 mile Virgin London Marathon 2013 today (Sunday) to raise money for Resolve.

Her husband is the charity’s patron, and she recently joined Grant and organisation founder Joe Heeney at their Woodhall Community Centre HQ to meet people struggling with addiction.

Belinda said: “This will be my third marathon run and I’m hoping to record a personal best, but whether I succeed or not it will be great to know that the funds raised will go to such a brilliant local charity.

“I’ve been really impressed by what I’ve seen and the great thing is that I know that every penny that I’m sponsored will go direct to helping them out.”

Resolve began delivering services in April 2008 as a result of a support gap for people with drugs or alcohol addictions locally.

“At first our service operated for just a few hours a week and there were times when we might have had to close down through lack of just a few hundred pounds in funds,” said Joe.

“But the support from our community has been fantastic and more recently from the Big Lottery and so I’m proud to say that we now offer a wide range of services five days a week.”

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