Woodley Coles Marathon

Associates ‘Go the Extra Mile’ for local children

Our tenant, Woodley Coles, has a team of avid fundraisers. This year the firm’s Associates, Chris Norris and Dan Deed, laced up their trainers and limbered up on the start line of this year’s Brighton and London Marathons on behalf of two very worthy Children’s charities. In 2010 the pair together raised almost £2000 when they ran the London Marathon on behalf of the RNLI and Dan has since taken on two further Marathons. Chris has already sworn this will be his last year of marathon running whilst Dan remains openminded about a fifth. Regardless of future plans both have worked incredibly hard, covering endless miles in training, amidst busy work schedules, to get ready for the gruelling 26.2 miles ahead.

Dan pounded the streets of Brighton on Sunday 6th April, his first Brighton Marathon and 4th Marathon in 5 years. He was supporting ‘Get Kids Going!’ a vital charity that supports youngsters to achieve their sporting dreams. As we are all too well aware, cuts in funding for such youngsters from government and other sources, forces them to rely on friends and family for financial help. As you can imagine this causes enormous burdens on many, already cash strapped, families and a constant worry as the cost of participating in their favourite sport is forever increasing. Get Kids Going! also provides manual wheelchairs for children to use every day; at home, at school, and to enable them to play with their friends. The charity believes that these are our athletes of the future and that every young person deserves a sporting chance. There are over 200,000 disabled children and young people in Britain who need the help of Get Kids Going!

Last weekend Chris went to the capital to take on the London Marathon for a second time. He had chosen to run for local Children’s hospice Demelza who support children and young people (0-19) who are not expected to reach adulthood, and offer vital support to their families. Many of the conditions children and young people are suffering from are degenerative in nature and progress over many years. This means that children’s hospices have the opportunity to offer children, young people and families the chance to build memories as a family unit, undertake a range of activities that are age and needs specific that they may not ordinarily be able to access. Children’s hospices such as Demelza provide the necessary short breaks and a range of specialist services benefiting the children and young people themselves and their wider family, which are simply not available elsewhere.

Huge congratulations to Dan and Chris for completing the races and raising a substantial amount of money so far - Dan has raised £800 and Chris has raised £750.

Donations are still welcome - If you would like to show your support and help raise more money for either of their respective charities this would be greatly appreciated. Please find the links you need below where you can donate quickly, securely and add giftaid to increase your donation by 28% (at no extra cost to you) if you are a taxpayer.

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