Zubeda has always enjoyed her sessions at Dewsbury Sports Centre, not just for her physical health but for the support & friendship of other members.
However, after her son was diagnosed with a very rare blood disorder, her brother-in-law was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer & a close friend with breast cancer she was motivated to do more.
“I have done things for charity before, such as Leeds 10k, but I felt like I needed to do something bigger to really raise awareness”.
Places on the London marathon are notoriously difficult to get so Zubeda approached her Store Manager Tom Parker, at ASDA Dewsbury & asked if they could help. As they have their own charity, Tickled Pink, which has been supporting the UK’s leading breast cancer charities for 25 years, they agreed to offer Zubeda one of their charity places (we should also mention the Dewsbury store is number 1 in the UK when it comes to fundraising!).
Tom said: ‘We are really delighted Zubeda has been selected as Asda participant in this year’s London marathon , me & the store so, so proud of her & wish her all the best in her training , it’s a reflection on Zubeda as the lovely , caring human being she is as to how humbled she is to be given the opportunity to do this & represent her friends & family who have sadly been affected by cancer, I’m personally proud to have her working in the store representing Asda & us at Asda Dewsbury too ‘
That was it, she was in, just the small matter of training to do now. Not to mention fundraising!
Completing a half marathon during lockdown has helped to boost Zubeda’s confidence in covering the 26.2 miles & with all the amazing support of her family & friends she’s regularly given the boost she needs.
Inspired by her son, who had a 1 in a million, life threatening blood disorder, Zubeda said this has opened her eyes & made her so grateful for what she has. “Watching him go from a fit & healthy person to having this life-threatening illness was incredibly difficult. But we go through it & now to look at him you would never know. Sometimes, I find myself wondering if it even happened, it seems so surreal.”
Zubada also credited her friend & PALs officer Mariam for getting her into fitness in the first place; “if I hadn’t had been a KAL member & met the people I have I would have never thought I could do this. Mariam started me on my fitness journey, supported me through my Leeds 10k & is now one of my main cheerleaders for the marathon. I will be running for her on the day!”
When it comes to fundraising she’s not doing too shabby either, having already raised £2,135 of her £3,000 target. But there is always more to do. With a woman being diagnosed with breast cancer every 10 minutes in the UK these funds are vital for research, support & treatment.
So, as training continues (through Ramadan we might add!) Zubeda will be continuing her fundraising efforts including some bake & cooking sales so if you are a member at Dewsbury Sports Centre & see her on a treadmill please show her some love & support.
If you would like to donate to this amazing cause you can visit her fundraising page.
Well done, Zubeda, we know you’ll smash it!