This year, dedicated runners from all across the world, and various staff members ran the London Marathon to raise money for our Hardship Fund.
Resident support staff and external volunteers donned pom poms, foam hands and horns to cheer on the thousands of runners, many in costumes including a tree, a gorilla, comic characters and even six runners as baskets of fruit.
Mr Motivator was also on hand at the starting point to help runners warm up before they set off.
We set up between miles 18 and 19 to give runners an extra boost of moral support and had a great time cheering everyone on and trying to spot our runners.
Christelle, who led the campaign to attract runners and volunteers, said, “This was the first marathon I have attended, and it was truly inspirational to watch. Seeing people of all ages and abilities strive for such an achievement running for so many other great causes and charities, I am so happy to have been there to cheer them all on. The energy all round was amazing.”
“I want to say a massive thank you to each person that chose to run on our behalf, you did us proud and your hard work will go such a long way in supporting families in hardship.”
Altogether, our runners raised over £35,000 for our hardship fund which helps around 500 low-income households a year with essential household items, white goods, beds, carpeting and emergency removal costs for those fleeing abuse.
If you would still like to donate to this worthy cause, you can do so here.
Next year, the marathon reverts back to April and so the team are already busy planning and trying to fill the next round of places. If you are interested in running the marathon on our behalf and are able to commit to raising money for the hardship fund then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.