Stephen Lambert from Norfolk is the nephew of our founder, Sue Lambert, someone he remembers very fondly. And on 19th March, he will be proudly cheering from the sidelines as his son Kieran (and Sue’s great nephew) along with two of his kind work colleagues tackle the 13-mile course at the Blickling Half Marathon. (Pictured above: Kieran Lambert Training for the half marathon)
Amongst 700 runners, our fundraisers will be taking part in Norfolk’s most scenic half marathon, in a bid to raise £1,000 for Sue Lambert Trust. This terrific amount will help us to continue being there for survivors of sexual abuse and sexual assault, by offering free professional counselling and therapeutic support services here in Norfolk.
Kieran, Stephen’s son had already decided to run the 13-mile course this March. And when he mentioned it to his Dad, Stephen suggested they try and get more people involved and fundraise as much as possible for Sue Lambert Trust.
Stephen explains; “I spent a lot of time as a child with my Aunt Sue and my cousins. We were a close family, Aunt Sue and Uncle Michael always took us out and we had some great celebration’s as a family round Aunt Sue’s especially birthdays and Christmas and the summer BBQ. As a child, I remember the charity being set up, but it wasn’t until I was a little older that I realised what my Aunt Sue had gone through; when she openly shared she had been assaulted.
“I am incredibly proud of all she achieved in her lifetime, to support survivors of sexual assault and sexual violence here in Norfolk, and to see her legacy live on with the Sue Lambert Trust who I follow closely.
“My son and two people I’ve worked with are running the Blickling Half Marathon to try and raise as much as they can, so that the charity can continue to be there for people, when they need support, therapy and counselling. Sue Lambert Trust’s services remain in high demand, and more funds mean they can be there for more people, sooner. No-one should have to deal with the trauma of sexual violence or abuse alone, and I know they have been there, to support and believe people, when they felt they had nowhere else to turn.
“I’ve always wanted to do my bit, and to help support the charity in whatever way I can, so when my son Kieran said he was going to run the Blickling Half Marathon, for the Sue Lambert Trust I was over the moon and suggested we try and get a few more friends to run for Aunt Sue and the organisation that still honours her name.”
Katarina Terzieva, Stephen’s former colleague, is looking forward to race day with anticipation. After discovering a love of running during lockdown, the Blickling race will be Katarina’s third half marathon attempt, and she says: “It will undoubtedly be a great event, more so being set in the beautiful grounds of the Blickling Hall. Running for such a worthy cause is a privilege for me, adding an extra spring to my stride.”
Satys Air Livery UK Ltd based in Norwich, has kindly donated £250 to support their effort. And the three runners are well on their way to reaching their £1,000 fundraising target.
Kieran Lambert said “I’m really looking forward to race day, now it’s fast approaching. Blickling is such a beautiful, Norfolk landmark, and we’re going to have people there cheering us on, so it should be a fantastic day.
We’ve been overwhelmed by people’s generosity and sponsorship so far. The money raised will go to Sue Lambert Trust, a charity which supports survivors of sexual abuse with professional, therapeutic counselling. And they deliver all their incredible services for free. It was first set up by my great Aunt and today, continues to be there for survivors, to support and believe people, when they felt they have nowhere else to turn.
The more money we can raise, the bigger difference we can make. And as I run the 13 miles, and inevitably hit a brick wall, I’ll be spurred on by the fact that we’re doing it for such an incredible cause, and one that is very close to my family’s heart.”
If you’d like to get them over the finish line, please sponsor them via their Just Giving pages:
The trio will also be joined by a fourth runner on race day. Alice Boesen, a former trustee of our charity, is also competing in one of our charity spaces.
We can’t thank them all enough and wish our fabulous fundraisers lots of luck!