Former Sheffield teacher on the run for first-aid charity

Dr Cheryle Berry celebrates completing a previous London Marathon.
Dr Cheryle Berry celebrates completing a previous London Marathon.
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A former Sheffield headteacher will be taking a marathon run in her stride this weekend to support a first-aid charity.

Dr Cheryle Berry, aged 65, who spent 10 years as head of High Storrs School, is taking part in the London Marathon on Sunday to help St John Ambulance.

It is the 14th year Cheryle has run the 26-mile race, and the fifth that St John has been her chosen charity.

She said: “I think first aid is a vital skill for everyone, everywhere.

“Running the London Marathon is my way of showing support to this fantastic charity and its volunteers.

“I am really looking forward to running it again.”

Cheryle, of Clay Cross, near Chesterfield, hopes to raise £3,000.

In recent years she has paid visits to India, which included teaching first aid skills to children and workers in an orphanage.

Sarah Gerrard, the charity’s regional fundraising co-ordinator, said: “We’re so grateful to Cheryle for taking on this huge challenge on our behalf – she will be quite literally running for other people’s lives.

“The training we provide gives people the skills needed for them to be the difference between life and death.”

More than 1,000 ambulance volunteers will be on duty at the marathon.

Last year, they treated people with problems ranging from blisters to serious conditions including dehydration, stress fractures and exercise-induced collapses.

n Visit www.justgiving.com/Cheryle-Berry1 to donate.