At Hope for Children, we really appreciate the great lengths our fundraisers go to in support of the charity and admire their dedication and ambition. Marathon des Sables and the London Marathon are two recent examples of this.

Marathon des Sables
A total of 9 brave and possibly slightly mad Hope for Children fundraisers took part in what is described as the “toughest footrace on earth” – the Marathon des Sables.

Luke Blake, a member of #TeamHope, described what the race meant to him – “some say “it’s only a race”, I’ve even said those words myself. But it doesn’t feel like that, it’s more than that for me, this ‘race’ has been part of my life for the last 16 months.”

Blake’s amazing accomplishment for both the charity and for himself cannot go unnoticed and that also goes for all the men and women involved in Marathon des Sables. Blake describes them as having “inspired me, restored my confidence in humanity and I’ll never forget them and what they’ve done for me over these 16 months.”

Oliver Walker, another Team Hope member, came an incredible 97th in the Marathon.

All Team Hope members were set a fundraising target of £8000, to which they all rose to amazingly! Ricky Passam and Matt Snow showed great examples of how you can show your support to the cause in other ways, taking on half marathons, triathlons and an Ironman (many done in fancy dress).

So far £55,000 has been raised collectively – an incredible achievement for all involved. We at Hope for Children are so proud of our Marathon des Sable runners and all their hard work and support – Thank you!

London Marathon
This year’s Virgin Money London Marathon saw a total of 22 Hope for Children runners take part in the 36th edition of the 26.2 mile run. The day was packed full of excitement, with dedicated supporters and determined participants making the atmosphere truly exhilarating. Hope for Children were based at mile 23 and hopefully seeing us (and some jelly babies!) was just what they needed to give them that little extra push to get them through the final 3 miles!

Amongst the Team Hope runners were organisers of the award winning Hope 24, Danny Slay and Pete Drummond – running on pure adrenaline from their incredible achievements at the Running Awards two nights previous.

Again, huge thanks and congratulations to all those that took part, and their support teams!

These Spring headline events showcase just some of the extraordinary lengths people have gone to in support of Hope for Children and how far Team Hope has truly come.

Posted in Challenges on June 10th, 2016