Francesca makes her mark with 10K fundraiser

Dan Hodges General

Francesca Gubbay (right) meets Nicola Stokes, a veteran and fellow runner who works at The Poppy FactoryAn entrepreneur is taking on her first ever 10K run after being inspired to help The Poppy Factory support wounded, injured and sick veterans back into employment.

Francesca Gubbay, who runs Richmond-based children’s clothing stamp company Stamptastic, is warming up for the race through Kew Gardens on Saturday, September 14th as part of Richmond Runfest.

The mum of two will join a team of six runners representing The Poppy Factory, and she has committed to raise at least £150 to help support veterans with health conditions into work.

It has been a challenge for Francesca to make time for training, because it is the busiest time of year for her business as families get ready for their children to start a new school term.

Francesca said: “I only started running in January with the help of Run With Chrissie, a professional coach in Richmond. I never dreamed that I would be signing up for a 10k! Because of the hectic Stamptastic summer I’ve only been able to fit in a few runs. I’m looking forward to crossing the finish line, and also raising money and awareness for The Poppy Factory.”

Visit Francesca’s JustGiving page

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