Family lawyer Sarah Pugh takes on her first London Marathon to support separating families

News Release

25 Apr 2018

Sarah Pugh, a family lawyer from Cirencester, took on 26.2 gruelling miles of the Virgin Money London Marathon to raise funds to support the John Cornwell Foundation, completing the course in an impressive four hours forty minutes. Established in 2016, the charity aims to prevent and relieve poverty, hardship and distress caused by the breakdown of family relationships.

Sarah works with separating families in her day to day work at Sewell Mullings Logie LLP, and, as a member of family justice organisation Resolution, she is committed to a non-confrontational approach to resolving family issues. Running for the charity takes that commitment one step further.

“One of the most difficult parts of my job is the fallout around family breakdown, especially for lower-income families and their children. The approach taken from the outset can have a huge impact on all family members, which is why it’s so important to minimise conflict and keep the needs of the entire family, especially children, at the forefront. That’s why I’m running the London Marathon in aid of the John Cornwell Foundation, to help families dealing with breakdown to put their differences aside and reach fair agreements,” said Sarah.

Last year there were around 107,000 divorces in England and Wales, and research has proven that a confrontational approach to resolving family issues can lead to feelings of injustice and recrimination and affect parents ability to put children first. Resolution encourages early legal advice to help people understand their legal position from the outset.

Michael Drake, a founder member of Resolution and trustee of the charity said: “We are delighted Sarah has taken part in this year’s London marathon to support families. As an association of family justice professionals, Resolution believes it is crucial to find solutions that consider the needs of the whole family. The money raised will support projects for separating families, especially those on low incomes, to approach their changing situation in the best possible way.”

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