A CARE worker will be putting her best foot forward to honour a promise she made to a resident.

Debbie Moore, aged 32 from Portland, will take part in the London Marathon towards the end of this month to raise money for disability charity Leonard Cheshire.

She will be running in memory of Terry Clark, who she met when he lived at Birch Way care home in Dorchester, a small home for disabled adults and part of the Leonard Cheshire’s Dorset Learning Disability Services.

Ms Moore said: “I feel honoured to do this for Terry. I want to raise money so that Leonard Cheshire can help more people live their lives to the full.”

Ms Moore often accompanied Terry when he took part in charity walks and watched races.

She said she decided to take part in the marathon after Terry told her “Debbie, one day we will do London.”

However, he sadly passed away due to dementia in November 2017.

She has since kept her word and started training and fundraising for the marathon last year, when she challenged herself to complete 15 dares during a 15 mile stretch of the race.

She took on a different dare for each mile, including running with a cowbell round her neck, carrying an inflatable flamingo, carrying a pint without spilling it, and doing a seagull impression and eating a whole birthday cake.

Ms Moore may have left these unusual challenges behind for the time being but says that her training and fundraising for this year’s Marathon are both going well.

Ms Moore added: “Training is going well. I have had great support from Royal Manor of Portland Athletics Club and would be lost without their love of advice. So many great people have helped and I hope we can raise even more to help people like Terry.”

To support Debbie’s marathon efforts, go to justgiving.com/deborah-moore31