I’m running the London Marathon in 2020 to help raise money for an amazing charity called Whizz-Kidz. I’ll cut to the chase – I want your money, so please donate it to me right HERE!
Anyone who has met me in the last 12 months will know that I have run a marathon before – you’ll know, because I will almost certainly have told you. Chances are I’ll also have mentioned how much I hated doing it, and how much it destroyed my body (I was still limping 8 months afterwards).
I had no intention of running another marathon.
But then, back in October 2018, I was in Tesco and saw a boy. He looked about 3, roughly the same age as my son, Jenson, and he was in a wheelchair. I have no idea what was wrong with him, but it was pretty clear that life had decided to deal this poor kid (and his family) an absolute horror show of a hand… yet he was still going. They weren’t letting his issues stop them from cracking on and being a loving family.
I think I got some dust in my eye or something, because they kept watering the more I thought about it.
So within an hour of leaving the supermarket, I had Googled “Children’s charities with London Marathon places” and selected Whizz Kidz as my go-to cause.
Whizz-Kidz provides disabled children with the essential wheelchairs and other mobility equipment they need to lead fun and active childhoods. So basically, they help the kids who need it to live a life as close as possible to the one we all take for granted.
But disaster struck – a few months before the race I picked up an injury that ruled me out of making my way to the start line, let alone the finish line. They say that time is a great healer, and it turns out that it’s true.
Therefore, come next April I will once again be running 26.2 miles, only this time it’ll be on home soil. I don’t ask that you run with me, I don’t ask that you put any effort in at all… I merely ask that you look down at your legs, at your kids legs, and you realise how lucky you and I are that we don’t need the kindness of people we’ll never meet to be able to move around independently (note: having said that, I may well do shortly after finishing the marathon)
Please donate something to my fund for Whizz Kidz. Between now and April, I need to raise £2,000, train for a marathon, help juggling a toddler and a new born… and everything else that life throws at us. So, you know, not too stressful at all, really.
Together we can do this – you can give a pound or two, and I’ll give up me knees again for another eight months.
Please help me to help others.