The London Marathon is our main fundraiser. in 1999 we bought a Gold Bond from the event organisers that entitles us to have five guaranteed places in the event each year, for a fee!
Over the years we have been overwhelmed by the support given to us by those that have run the 26.2 miles round the streets of London. It has never ceased to amaze us that after all the effort that our runners have put in both before each race in training and on the day itself they always come and say ‘Thank you’. It is a humbling moment when that happens believe us.
Only once have we been let down by a runner who was allocated a place and who completed the event but failed to give us any sponsorship! Annoyingly, he had done the same thing the year before to another charity but they failed to report him to the event organisers! But hey ho never mind. We learned from that and all the other runners have raised many £000s for us over the time since we first got involved so we focus on the positives.
We now operate on a personal word-of-mouth recommendation basis to select our runners or one of the Trustees identifies a cause or runner, personally.